Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of your natural teeth, you probably want to replace them as soon as possible. The problem is that many people find traditional dental restorations less than satisfactory. Dentures, which are removable artificial teeth, are the most common way to replace teeth lost to disease or trauma. People who wear a full set often complain that they don’t fit snugly in the mouth. This can make for embarrassing moments if the dentures fall out when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or even yawn forcefully enough to loosen them.
Removable dentures can make it difficult for you to enjoy your favorite foods as well. In fact, you must follow many food restrictions so as not to damage them. To clean dentures, you remove them from your mouth and place them in a glass of water with a special cleansing tablet overnight. Some people find this inconvenient. Yet another common complaint is that removable dentures can cause facial sagging.
A dental bridge contains one or more replacement teeth attached to teeth on either side of the gap. These adhere to neighboring teeth for support. It’s necessary to remove a small amount of tooth enamel from the supporting teeth before installing a dental bridge.
Dental Implants as an Alternative to Removable Dentures and Fixed Bridges
All treatment methods have benefits and drawbacks. Dentures do offer many benefits, such as an improved smile, better speech, and a return of full functionality to your mouth. Bridges are often a good option when you’re only missing one or a few teeth. Dental implants give you all the benefits without the drawbacks. They are non-removable and function just as your natural teeth do. You have few, if any, food restrictions and you don’t have to worry about them slipping out of place or finding special cleaning products for them.
The Process of Receiving Dental Implants
Each replacement tooth requires an artificial tooth root to support it. These are called abutments and look like a small screw. Dr. Durham uses a dental drill to install them in your jaw and then allows adequate time for your jaw to heal. This can take up to several months. The new roots need to fuse with existing bone in a process called osseointegration before he can attach your replacement teeth. Once this has occurred, you return to Durham Dental and Dr. Durham attaches each new tooth. The result is permanent, natural-looking teeth that you will make your feel proud and self-confident.
The Mini Implant Option
Mini dental implants are a popular alternative to traditional dental implants. They are appropriate when you need to fit a smaller implant into a narrow spot in your mouth. Incisor teeth, pre-molars, front teeth, and smaller teeth are good candidates for the mini implant procedure. They are also a good option when you have a device that needs stabilization, such as dentures for the lower jaw. If you already have dentures, mini dental implants help to secure them in place. This improves your ability to speak, chew, and smile with ease.
Other Differences Between Traditional and Mini Dental Implants
Compared to traditional dental implants, mini dental implants are roughly half the size. Some other major differences include:
- They do not contain any screws
- Cost is much less with mini dental implants
- You heal faster because the process of receiving mini dental implants is less invasive
- No grafting is required
- No surgery or incision required to place mini dental implants
Securing Partial or Loose Dentures with Mini Dental Implants
When used as a stabilizing device, the bell-shaped portion of the mini dental implant protrudes from the gums. The replacement teeth simply snap into a retaining socket located inside of the mini dental implant. The process provides immediate stabilization so you don’t struggle with common problems such as your dentures slipping or having to apply messy adhesives to get them to remain firmly in place. The denture still looks natural because it sits directly on the gum tissue.
It typically takes at least four mini implants to hold lower dentures in place and six for the upper dentures. You may require more if your current dentures are very unstable. If you wear partial dentures, Dr. Durham only places mini dental implants in new areas where you are missing teeth. They snap into position easily just as full dentures so over mini dental implants.
Get Your Mini Dental Implants in a Single Visit
Dr. Durham can place mini dental implants in as little as one hour. You have the option of receiving local anesthesia or an oral sedative. He is careful to place them into bone where you don’t have any sensory nerve endings. That means you can expect a quick recovery time with very little discomfort once the procedure is complete. To learn more, please call us today to schedule your free consultation.