Mini Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
You may be facing the need to have one or more teeth extracted or you may already be missing teeth. When you are missing teeth, make sure that you decide on a replacement tooth option quickly. This will minimize the amount of time a missing tooth can affect your oral health.
Why replace a missing tooth?
With the loss of the tooth, the bone and tissue that held that tooth in place will break down and disappear. That leads to bone and gum tissue loss around the area where your tooth used to be. This can cause a number of issues, both for your remaining teeth, as well as future restoration options. Instead of leaving the space empty, consider opting for a mini dental implant to replace your missing tooth.
Mini implants are a popular tooth replacement
One of the most popular options for replacing a missing tooth is a mini dental implant. Dental implants are the closest dental restoration to your original teeth, and they will keep the functionality and appearance of your smile. Additionally, you can use dental implants to secure other restorations, such as implant-supported dentures. Patients with dental implants often have greater satisfaction and results than other types of non-implant secured restorations, such as loose-fitting dentures secured with adhesive.
What is the difference between a dental implant and mini dental implant?
Dental implants and mini dental implants are both great options. However, there can be months of recovery time following a dental implant procedure. Mini dental implants serve the same basic function as traditional dental implants but they are simply smaller. A smaller implant means that they are easier to place and the recovery time is shorter.
What is the mini dental implant procedure?
Mini dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the hole where your tooth used to be. Eventually, these posts fuse to your jawbone. Once they heal, a replacement crown is fitted on top of the posts. The best part is that these implants look and function just like natural teeth, which means your smile looks great and still works as you are used to.
The advantages of mini dental implants
Mini dental implants offer stability. They fuse to your bone through a process called osseointegration. This integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural, and some people find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Other advantages include:
How long do mini dental implants last?
Mini dental implants, when cared for correctly, can last for decades. The posts fit into your mouth and function just like natural teeth, which means that you can eat and drink like you always have. All you have to do is take care of them, and you will be looking at a replacement tooth that lasts for years and years. Mini dental implants require the same maintenance as a normal tooth: brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups.
Ready to schedule your mini dental implant consultation?
If you would like to learn more about mini dental implants, or if you are ready to schedule a mini dental implant consultation, give us a call at 818-308-6024. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our beautiful Valley Village dental practice. In order to ensure we can answer all of your questions, please submit an online appointment request form or call us during our business hours: