Category: I

  • Implant selection

    Process of choosing the type and size of a dental implant, based on site anatomy, surgical approach, and planned prosthetic reconstruction.  

  • Implant scaler

    Instrument used for plaque removal and debridement of the periimplant sulcus. A variety of nonmetallic, plastic, graphite, nylon, or teflon‐coated instrument tips are recommended for titanium surfaces.  

  • Implant root (syn)

    Implant body.  

  • Implant retention

    Resistance to displacement (vertically) in the plane of placement. Dental implant(s) may be used for prosthesis retention alone or as part of a coupling system providing retention, support, and stability for the prosthesis. Rarely could implants provide retention only without simultaneously providing some degree of prosthesis stability as well.  

  • Implant rejection

    Failure of a dental implant to achieve osseointegration.  

  • Implant prosthodontics

    The area of prosthodontics that deals with the replacement of maxillofacial structures (including teeth) by prostheses that attach to dental implants.  

  • Implant prosthesis

    Any prosthesis (fixed, removable, or maxillofacial) that utilizes dental implants in part or whole for retention, support, and stability. Slang usage: a prosthesis is not an implantable device. Dental prostheses such as crown and other fixed dental prostheses, removable dental prostheses as well as maxillofacial prostheses can be supported and retained in part or whole…

  • Implant placement, with maxillary sinus floor elevation

    Implants may be placed simultaneously with a sinus floor elevation when the residual bone height is sufficient for primary implant stability. Otherwise, a staged approach must be considered.  

  • Implant placement, in irradiated bone

    Irradiated cancer patients are at higher risk for failure to achieve osseointegration. However, the use of long implants, fixed retention, and adjuvant hyperbaric oxygen therapy has resulted in a decrease of implant failures. Clearly, the clinician and patient should be aware of the considerations involving irradiated patients, and a team approach should be applied.  

  • Implant placement

    Surgical steps involved in stage one or flapless surgery.