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A connector placed on, or built into, the top of a dental implant, and on which your replacement tooth, fixed bridge or overdenture will be placed.

Ball attachments

Attachment used to increase retention of partial overdentures, supported on implants.

Barrier membrane

A fully resorbable and adaptable cell occlusive barrier used in guided bone regeneration procedures in the area of dental implants, bone defects and ridge augmentations.

Bone grafting

The use of bone substitute materials for augmentation of large or small defects and for socket preservation.

Bone substitute

Biomaterial for reconstruction of bone, producing only a scaffold for formation of new bone


Appliance for multiple replacement teeth fixed via attachment to dental implants or natural adjacent teeth.

Cement retained restorations

To avoid the transfer of stress to the implants and allowing excellent esthetic results and an ideal occlusal design.

Closed tray procedure

Covering coping abutments on the implants with a plastic cap to take the impression.

Complete denture

A complete set of dentures replacing the teeth in an edentulous jaw, either mandibular or maxilla.

Conical connection

Ensures a secure fit between the abutment and implant, minimizing micro-movements and reducing bone resorption..


Part of the restoration that appears as a natural tooth.

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth and is used to support one or more false teeth. It is placed directly into the jawbone.


Intraoral appliances used to replace missing teeth.

Digital dentistry

Used for guided surgical implant placement and virtual implant planning.


A bridge that is supported solely by dental implants fixed in the jawbone.

Impression coping

Enables simple and accurate restoration planning for single tooth, bridge or a full denture; using screw retained or press fit components.

Internal hex. connection

Allows a secure fit between the implant and the abutment, minimizing micro-movements and reducing bone resorption.

Locator attachment

Used for anchoring for implant-retained overdentures

Open tray procedure

Enables the guide pin to protrude through the impression tray.


The bone growth integration with the dental implant.


Low profile overdenture and removable denture attachments.


A removable full denture, or complete set of replacement teeth, that is placed on top of dental implants

Partial denture

Used to replace one or more teeth - not a complete arch.


Relating to the gums and tissues surrounding the tooth.


The process of partially or fully reconstructing a missing tooth or teeth, i.e. crown, bridge, denture.

Screw retained restorations

The procedure allows for easy removal and upholding of abutments during routine checkups.

Surface Treatment

Used to increase the implant surface area, micro and nano-structures, by sand-blasting and acid etching, and eliminating various surface contaminants.

Surgical kit

Drills and instruments designed to assist with a wide range of implant placement procedures.

Trephine bur

Cutting tool used to harvest cylindrical bone blocks.

Zirconia abutments

Offer high esthetic s and are biocompatible, customizable and have superior strength characteristics.

Published - October 2015

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