Mini Dental Implants

Are They Right for You?

Mini implants are one of the great treatment options provided by modern dental science. If you’re not familiar with them, mini implants provide a special way for replacing missing teeth and improving your oral. Traditional dental implants, of course, have been available for some time, but they’re not always a great option for everyone.

The main difference between the two types of implants is that a mini implant, as the name suggests, is smaller than a traditional implant, yet the portion of the tooth that appears above the gum line is the same, which means that the minis look and function the same way as larger, traditional implants.

Resolving Tooth Loss With Dental Mini Implants

We all know how embarrassing it can be to have missing teeth, a situation that can go a long way toward destroying your self-confidence. The consequences of missing teeth, however, are far more than cosmetic.

Among other concerns and consequences, having missing teeth may make it difficult to chew and digest your food properly. A gap created by a missing tooth or teeth can also cause the remaining teeth to drift into the gap and become misaligned, creating bite issues and potentially causing uneven wear on your teeth.

Our teeth are also essential for the good health of your jawbones. When you chew, pressure applied by your teeth stimulates the jawbones, helping them to retain their normal structure. When teeth are missing, that pressure is not there, and without it, bone loss can easily occur.

Dentures provide one corrective measure but not necessarily the best one. These oral health devices might give you a full, beautiful smile again, but they don’t always have the feel and look of natural teeth.

One of the most common problems faced by wearers is that their dentures are ill-fitted and fall out. Because of this, these devices often require as much maintenance, if not more, than your regular teeth.

Conventional Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a beautiful alternative to traditional dentures. During the dental implant procedure, an implant is screwed into the jawbone and supports a dental crown that looks and functions like a normal tooth. An implant can replace a missing tooth, or it can serve as an anchor to hold dentures in place.

More importantly, implants never slip or slide out of place.

All that said, traditional implants also have drawbacks. These conventional dental implants require a healing process that can sometimes take months, and some individuals cannot wait that long for tooth replacement.

Some people face a loss of so much of their jawbone that the remaining portion can’t support a screw that would mimic an artificial tooth root.

Mini Implants

In situations like these, where time is crucial or too much jawbone has been lost, a mini implant may be the ideal solution.

Mini implants are smaller than traditional implants, putting them in place is a less invasive procedure, and that means the healing time for the procedure is much shorter than that required for traditional implants.

Beyond being a less invasive procedure requiring less healing time, mini implants provide much the same benefits as regular, traditional implants. These devices look and function like your original teeth. Unlike dentures, these mini implants don’t slip and slide, and they enable you to chew and speak in a normal fashion.

Providing Mini Dental Implants in Gurnee, IL

If you’re suffering from missing teeth and would like to chew, speak, and smile as you once did, mini dental implants may well be the ideal solution for you.

To find out more about mini implants, we urge you to schedule an appointment at Excellence in Dentistry. Implant therapy is one of our specialties, and our doctors will be glad to meet with you and help you decide if mini implants are the right choice for replacing your missing teeth.