In recent years, dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Mini dental implants (or MDIs) offered by the Dallas, TX Dentist are are not as well known, serve the same purposes. But because of their size, MDIs can often be used where a regular dental implant would not work.
How do Dental Implants Work
The purpose of a dental implant is to provide a firm, stable base for a missing tooth. A very small titanium screw is placed in the jaw bone. Over time, the screw integrates with bone and tissue of the jaw, in a process referred to as osseointegration. This simply means that it is easily accepted by bone and tissue and will provide the new base (root) for your MDI. This means it actually becomes a replacement root for the missing tooth. The dental implant is then finished with a crown or other dental appliance to create a beautifully restored tooth.
How Mini Dental Implants Differ
A mini dental implant is simply a smaller version of the dental implant. The design of the mini dental implant is the same as that of the regular dental implant. But because of their size, MDIs are easier to implant surgically into the bone. Because of the size of the mini implant, there is less trauma to the bone and tissue, and most mini dental implants can be placed in one appointment.
Candidates for Mini Dental Implants
The professional team at the Dallas, TX Dentist Office will decide if using a mini dental implant best fits your needs. Following are a few benefits of choosing an mini dental implants:
- Treatment in One Appointment – Mini dental implants are smaller so they are less traumatic to the jawbone when implanted. Healing time is dramatically reduced, and you don’t have to wait for months for the surgical site to heal. The entire procedure, including the final restoration, can be done in one appointment.
- Provide Long-Term Protection – Losing a tooth had a negative effect on overall oral health, causing deterioration of your jawbone. Mini dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, preventing bone loss. Because they maintain the structure of a natural tooth, mini dental implants support surrounding teeth.
- Versatility – With the development of the mini dental implant it is now possible to treat replace missing teeth in cases that were previously impossible such as small teeth and incisors. MDIs are also effective in anchoring dentures. If you’ve been told your jawbone lacks sufficient density to support a traditional implant, mini dental implants may be a viable alternative.
- Easier on the Pocketbook – Mini dental implants are less expensive to place than conventional dental implants, making them a great option for a wide variety of patients.
If you’re interested in learning more information about mini dental implants, please contact our office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation with our dentist to discuss your case in detail to determine if this is the best choice for you.