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Familiarize Yourself with Key Dental Implant Terms

September 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — greenmountaindentistry @ 9:19 pm
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“Catch a crab” in rowing, “bonk” in running, “nutmeg” in soccer, and “pepper” in volleyball – these are all strange terms that most people may not be familiar with. But to the media members who cover these sports, as well as the fans, these are regularly used words.

Dentistry is no different. Take dental implants, for example. There are a lot of terms related to this tooth-replacement option that most people may not know, but it would behoove you to understand them prior to a consultation so that you are clear as your dentist discusses your situation.

Keep reading to check out some terms you should know when considering getting dental implants in South Burlington.


An abutment is a connector that attaches to the replacement tooth, crown, or bridge to keep it firmly in place. It is fixed to the top of your dental implant or built into it.

Abutment Teeth

This refers to the teeth that support a bridge or partial denture. The bridge attaches to the abutment tooth. For a partial denture, clasps are used to support the structure on the abutment tooth.


Used to form dental implants, ceramic is made of clay and hardened by heat. Ceramic offers a natural look, it is available with conical threading at the base for easier attachment to your jawbone, and it’s ideal for patients with a metal allergy.


If you have lost or broken a tooth due to an injury or health problem, your dentist can fit you with a crown to replace that tooth. Crowns typically fit over your existing teeth, which must be ground down to fit or the crown attaches to the abutment of a dental implant.


Dentures are an alternative option to replace missing teeth, but many patients don’t find the same success as they do with dental implants. Some dentures can be removed daily for cleaning while others like implant-supported dentures are permanently attached.


Also called a fixture, a dental implant interfaces with your jawbone to support a dental prosthesis like a bridge, crown, or denture. Many dental implants last for a patient’s entire life, which makes them a better option than a bridge. Also, they are usually more comfortable than dentures.


This biological process allows a dental implant to fuse with your existing bone and form a strong bond.


Most dental implants are made of titanium. Besides being lightweight, strong, and a metal that few people are allergic to, it can ossify with bone to produce a strong, enduring result.

Just like that, you’re familiar with the common dental implant terms you should know! Don’t worry though – your implant dentist will be happy to review these terms in-depth during your initial consultation, if needed. So, don’t hesitate to speak up during your appointment.

About the Practice

At Green Mountain Dental, we are ready to meet all your needs with top-notch dentistry. We perform dental implant placement and restoration in-house, we use a 3D cone beam scanner to improve chances for successful treatment, and we proudly offer flexible financing. Our dentists can even provide all-on-4 dental implants. They work similarly to implant-retained dentures, but only require four implants to hold a full arch of teeth and you can have your restored smile the same day your implants are placed. To schedule a consultation or learn about our other dental services offered, visit our website or call (802) 863-3950.

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