Our oral surgeons may use several words and phrases that you may not be familiar with during your consultations. We have provided definitions for some of these words to help you understand your implant procedure better. If you have additional questions about implant dentistry in Redondo Beach, California, or to make an appointment with Dr. Trent Westernoff or Dr. Martin Mardirosian, please call Oral Surgery Partners today at 310-375-0514.

Abutment – The connecting piece that allows your dentist to attach the replacement tooth to the titanium implant. Over the course of treatment, your dentist may use several abutments to promote better gum tissue healing.

Edentulous – Without teeth. Patients may be described as fully edentulous when they are missing all their teeth, or partially edentulous when they are missing some of their teeth.

Fixture – Another name for the titanium dental implant which serves as the artificial tooth root.

Implant Post – The implant post is a small screw, usually made of titanium or another biocompatible material. The screw is surgically placed into your jawbone to mimic your tooth root and provide a stable foundation for your restoration.

Implant Restoration – The implant restoration is the prosthetic tooth which caps the implant post and abutment to complete your treatment. Your restoration may be a crown, bridge, or a denture.

Osseointegration – The biological process by which living bone (osseo) fuses with the titanium dental implant to secure it.

Resorption – The physical process by which bone shrinks and deteriorates.