Although preventive dental care has improved over the years, many older Americans continue to struggle with complete tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about twenty percent of Americans over the age of sixty-five are edentulous, or missing all their teeth. Tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontal disease, but is also associated with tooth decay and dental trauma. Without teeth, eating and speaking become difficult, and people may feel less confident about their smiles and their selves overall. Conventional dentures simply cannot perform the way natural teeth do, which is why our dentist offers mini dental implants. If you have lost teeth, call to find out if you are a candidate for mini implants.
Once you have lost teeth, the jawbone begins to resorb. It becomes thinner and narrower, which can affect a person’s candidacy for conventional dental implants, as they require substantial bone tissue for proper support. Mini dental implants are smaller and narrower, often ranging in size from 1.8 to 3 millimeters compared to the 3.75-millimeter diameter of the traditional dental implant. They can be placed in naturally small jawbones, or in jawbones that have become smaller due to tooth loss and bone loss. They are placed in a less invasive procedure and can often be implanted and loaded in a single appointment, allowing patients to have their new smiles faster.
Mini dental implants are used to stabilize dentures. After implant placement, your dentures can be fitted with a special casing that is designed to snap onto the heads of the implants, which extend above the gum line. You may be able to use your same dentures, but you can also have new dentures made. With your mini implants supporting your dentures, you can once again enjoy the stability of a strong smile supported not by just gravity and your gums but by your jawbone, much like natural teeth. This will allow you to eat your favorite foods, as well as speak, and smile with confidence.
Tooth loss is often accompanied by negative emotions, such as altered self-image, decreased social interaction, and lower self-confidence. Premature aging is common as bone loss in the jaw occurs, and dental hygiene can become complex. With mini dental implants, you can have the comfort and confidence of a natural smile without the long treatment times and invasive procedures required by conventional implants. Call our dental office today to learn more about your tooth restoration options or to schedule an appointment with our dental implants dentist.