With all the buzz lately about dental implants and restorative dentistry, it can be easy to get lost in the terminology. If you’ve started to investigate the possibility of restoring your smile, only to hit a brick wall of jargon and confusing terms, then don’t worry — you’re not alone. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the key concepts and definitions surrounding dental implants.
Parts of a Tooth. Let’s start small. The tooth is not just the part you can see, as most people expect. The term “tooth” comprises the root (the part anchored in the gum) and the crown (the enamel-covered visible portion). A dental implant mimics the root of a tooth, while a false crown replaces the crown (of course). An extra piece is often used in restorative procedures, called an abutment. Simply put