Mini Dental Implants
Whether you lose your teeth over time due to age or you have an accident in which you lose your teeth, you’ll want to make sure to find a replacement option. When looking at different replacement options, one popular option that you will come across is dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are teeth replacements that are intended to mimic the look and strength of natural teeth.
Many patients love dental implants because of their aesthetic appearance, easy upkeep and durability. Because dental implants look so similar to natural teeth, you can smile without feeling self-conscious—which can in turn boost your self-confidence.
With dental implants, you’ll find that you can enjoy the food that you love without having to worry about the bite strength issues that come with dentures. This means you’ll be able to eat fruits, vegetables and meats that would have otherwise been difficult with dentures or without other teeth replacements.
One often overlooked aspect of oral health is the need to have natural or fabricated teeth in place to protect the integrity of the jawbone and to avoid migration. The jawbone may lose its integrity over time without a tooth or tooth replacement in place, and you may find that your teeth shift over time.
Once your jawbone has begun to deteriorate and/or your teeth have migrated, the repair process can be costly and difficult. It also may lead to an increased risk of infection.
Because of all of these reasons and more, you’ll definitely want to consider mini dental implants.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are very similar to regular dental implants except for one special function—they are smaller! This makes them perfect for patients that don’t have the bone mass in their jaw to support traditional dental implants.
What is the Placement Process for Mini Dental Implants?
The placement of a mini dental implant is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure. The implants are placed over the gum surface when they are installed in the bone. The procedure will likely only take one visit, and local anesthesia will be used for comfort. You won’t even need sutures after the procedure!
After you’ve had your mini dental implant installed, you’ll want to make sure that you take care of your implant and the surrounding area. Continue to brush and floss like you normally do, and see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Proper care will help to reduce the chances of losing more teeth in the future.
Are Mini Dental Implants Right for Me?
Mini dental implants are easy to place and they often cost less than their traditional alternatives. Because of these reasons and more, you’ll want to speak with your dentist about whether mini dental implants are right for you. From there, your dentist will walk you through the details of the procedure and set an appointment to have your new implants installed!