When researching dental implants, you may become concerned that you’re not necessarily a good candidate for the procedure. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on new teeth supported by sturdy, reliable implants. You may still be eligible for mini dental implants in Lincoln Park – short implant posts that are about 1.8 to 3.3 millimeters in length and secure the new teeth in place with balls and O-rings instead of screws. Below are 3 signs that mini dental implants may be right for you.
1. You Currently Lack the Bone Density for Standard Implants
Many people who are missing teeth are also suffering from low jawbone density. This is because the teeth are responsible for stimulating the jaw to keep it healthy; when they’re gone, the underlying bone starts to break down. Unfortunately, such bone loss can become a serious obstacle to dental implant placement since there needs to be a certain amount of bone in the jaw to support the implant posts. But since mini dental implants are smaller, they don’t require as much bone tissue. As such, they are often an option in cases where standard dental implants cannot be used.
2. You Have Been Wearing Dentures for a Long Time
Because traditional dentures only rest on the gums, the underlying bone is likely to break down over time, thus changing its shape. As such, even dentures that fit perfectly at first may eventually start to shift and move when you eat or speak. You can have ill-fitting dentures adjusted or replaced, of course, but if you want a more permanent solution, you can use implants to give your dentures added stability and prevent further bone loss. Since bone density will have decreased quite a bit by this point, mini implants are often the best choice for upgrading dentures.
3. You Want a Faster, Less Invasive Treatment
Even with bone loss, you might still be able to get traditional dental implants after a bone graft. However, this requires additional surgery and extends the overall timeline of the implant process. Mini implants can often be placed without bone grafts, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy new teeth sooner. Furthermore, the surgery to place mini implants is minimally invasive and may not even require incisions. Not only does this make the implant procedure more comfortable, but it also reduces the amount of time required for healing afterwards.
Note that mini implants are normally only recommended if there’s some reason that traditional implants would not work. Your dentist in Lincoln Park will need to check your jaw, gums, and remaining teeth carefully before deciding whether or not mini implants are right for you; call them today to set up a consultation.
About the Author
Dr. Samir K. Rana is dedicated to constantly learning more about dentistry by attending seminars throughout the world, such as the Implant Global Conference. At his Lincoln Park Practice, Comprehensive Dental, he can use dental implants to replace any number of teeth, and he’s happy to be able to offer mini implants as an alternative for those who might be ineligible for traditional implant posts. To schedule an implant consultation, visit his website or call (973) 633-5666.