Hands down, the best way to replace missing teeth is to have dental implants surgically inserted. In addition to creating a sound foundation that mimics your original roots, they support your jawbone structure, prevent premature wrinkling and create a natural looking smile. Before the procedure can be performed, though, a dentist will first assess your jawbone’s density to make sure it will support a dental implant. If your bone mass has decreased, does that automatically disqualify you from the procedure? As you continue reading, you’ll discover how, with mini dental implants, you can still enjoy the “gold standard” of tooth replacement.
How Dental Implants Normally Function
With a typical dental implant, a titanium rod is inserted into your jawbone and allowed to fuse (referred to as osseointegration) with the existing structure over a period of three to nine months. However, if the bone is either too thin or brittle, there’s a good chance that the implant won’t seat properly.
The Purpose of Mini Dental Implants
In times past, the only remedy for shallow or fragile bone was to undergo a bone-grafting procedure to build up the area. As a result, the implant process could take considerably longer to complete. Thanks to a fairly new innovation in dentistry – mini dental implants – patients now have another option.
As their name suggests, mini implants are smaller than traditional fixtures. Because of their size, they don’t require the same bone mass to secure them. You should take into account, though, that while they can provide the same support as normal implants, the mini alternatives usually require a longer healing process because of the difference in weight distribution when you close your jaw.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The best way to determine your eligibility for a mini implant is to visit your local dentist. In addition to assessing your jawbone density, he or she will assess the condition of your dental health to make sure there is no oral bacteria growth that could cause your implant to fail down the road.
It’s comforting to know that even if you’re not eligible for traditional implants, there is another option that awaits you. Once your new mini implants are placed, here’s what you can expect:
- The ability to eat many of the foods you love.
- The prevention of any further bone loss
- Support for your other teeth to prevent them from shifting
- Heightened confidence and more favorable interactions with other people
If you’re tired of living without a full set of teeth, then now is the time to act. By reaching out to your local implant dentist, you can soon regain control of your life and experience more joy!
About the Author
Dr. Richard A. Cea earned his dental degree from Marquette University. Since entering the dental field, he has never wavered in his commitment to excellence. Thus, some 25 years later, Dr. Cea still provides the absolute best in dental care, which includes replacing missing teeth with dental implants. A member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he restores smiles and dental functionality at Springs Dental Care. He can be reached for more information through his website.