Dental implants get a lot of attention lately, but mini dental implants offered by the Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist are not as well-known. Both are useful, but mini dental implants have a specific purpose and may offer a better option in your situation.
A dental implant functions as a replacement tooth. Once the titanium root of the dental implant is placed, the surrounding bone and tissue in your jaw grows around it. The dental implant will be finished with a crown or other dental appliance to create a replacement tooth.
A mini dental implant (MDI) is a smaller version of the dental implant. The structure 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. The procedure for placing mini dental implants is usually accomplished in one appointment.
Your Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist is the only person who can decide if using a mini dental implant is the right approach for your situation. In general, here are a few benefits of choosing an MDI:
- Placement in One Appointment - Mini dental implants are smaller and cause less trauma to the jaw bone when they are implanted. Since the healing time is drastically reduced, 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.
- Protect Your Healthy Teeth - 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 for your dentist to 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 jaw bone lacks sufficient density to support a traditional implant, mini dental implants may be a viable alternative.
- Cost - 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 getting more information about mini dental implants, please contact our office. We are happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your situation and determine if this is the best choice for you.
Dentures are removable dental appliances that act as a replacement for missing teeth. Our Dallas Dentures Dental Office creates dentures to closely resemble your natural teeth. Depending on your particular situation, today's dentures can actually enhance your smile.
Dentures are available in two types. - complete and partial. As the name implies, complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing; partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in spaces created by missing teeth, but acts as a stabilizer to help keep surrounding teeth from drifting into the empty space.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional dentures are used after teeth have been removed and gum tissue has had time to heal, usually about 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient goes without teeth. For patients who do not want to go without teeth, immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed. Once the healing period is over, adjustments will be made to ensure proper fit of the denture.
Reasons for dentures:
- Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth
- Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch
- Enhancing smile and supporting facial tissues
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments over a period of time. Accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Your Dallas Dentures Dentist will schedule several appointments so that your dentures can be adjusted to ensure proper shape, fit and color. During your final appointment, your dentures will be precisely fit and adjusted, and the completed denture placed.
Most patients experience an adjustment period as they get used to the new dentures. During this process it is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty. However, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.Upon receiving your dentures, you will be given care instructions. As with any other dental appliance or restoration, proper cleaning, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits can extend the life of your new dentures.
Many people view dentures negatively as they remember the discomfort and inconvenience their parents or grandparents experienced with traditional dentures. When patients visit our Dallas Dentures Dental Office looking for information about dentures, they most often express concern about the effect dentures will have on their life and lifestyle.
Fortunately, advances in modern dentistry have improved significantly upon the design and materials used in dentures. Today’s dentures are designed for comfort and function as well as having an appearance that mimics natural teeth in order to improve your smile.
What are dentures?
A denture is a removable dental appliance used as a long-term replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Modern dentures are designed to closely resemble natural teeth and improve your smile. The process starts with your Dallas, TX Dentures Dentist taking detailed impressions (molds) and measurements that are used to create dentures that are custom-fit to you. These dentures are fabricated using a soft, flexible polymer material that is comfortable and easy to wear. Since your dentures are custom-fit to your mouth, you can be confident that they will fit comfortably, enabling you to speak and eat with ease.
What are dentures made of?
Today’s polymer dentures are flexible so they are naturally more comfortable to wear as well as being more natural-looking than plastic dentures. By comparison, plastic dentures are very rigid which can easily resulting in soreness of gums and cheek tissue. In addition to being rigid and uncomfortable, plastic dentures are also less durable. Polymer dentures are slightly more expensive, but it’s a small price to pay for a lifetime of relatively carefree tooth replacement.
How long will polymer dentures last?
Polymer dentures are very durable and, with proper care, will last many years. However, as with any dental appliance, the dentures may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted at some point in the future due to normal wear.
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