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Oct
21

What’s the Difference Between an Implant and an Implant Restoration?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant generally refers to the entire “root” and “tooth” that a dentist places into the jaw.

Technically speaking, however, the implant is only the artificial root (screw) inside the jaw bone that supports the implant restoration.

Types of Implant Restorations

To restore an implant is to place the fixed restoration that goes on top. Usually, this consists of one of the following:

  • Crown
  • Bridge
  • Denture

The difference is that these restorations are designed to attach onto the implant instead of conventional uses.

Which restoration is right for you depends on what your smile needs. A crown replaces a single tooth, a bridge is good for replacing multiple teeth, and even a denture can be secured on a few implants.

What Is an Implant Restorative Dentist?

Some dentists may advertise the fact that they restore dental implants. What this means is that the dentist has experience finishing an implant so that it becomes a beautiful and functional part of your smile.

That dentist may have either no experience in placing entire implants or no time or interest in doing so.

In this case, your dentist may recommend you have an implant, send you to a specialist like an oral surgeon or periodontist to have the implant placed, and then see you again to place the final restoration.

One-Stop Shop?

Many dentists like to keep the implant placement process under one roof from start to finish, so they place the implants themselves.

Whether you choose to get an implant with a dentist who can treat you from start to finish, or want to divide procedures among different specialists is up to you. Just do your part by researching the experience and reputation of whichever dental practice you decide on.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

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