Dental implants are comprised of titanium root that has an artificial tooth fixed to the top. This is a permanent solution to missing teeth that is as close to natural teeth as possible. The root is a small titanium screw that is implanted into the jawbone. Over time, the bone grows around the screw and holds it securely in place. The crown or artificial tooth is attached to the top of the root, providing results that typically last for years. If you are looking to learn more about regular or mini dental implants in Stamford, CT, our specialist can help you find out if this is the right option for you.
Dental implants and mini dental implants are suitable for securing full and partial dentures and are considered the standard treatment instead of a bridge. With implants, the other teeth are not touched. Rather, the implant just fills the gap where the tooth is missing. Mini dental implants have the same structure as regular implants, but they are smaller. Mini implants can support most types of replacement teeth, including loose and lower arch dentures.
Regular implants usually require more than one visit. This is because you will need to wait until the bone has grown around the titanium root before our dentist can attach the permanent tooth. Some people are not candidates for dental implants because they have lost too much bone mass, need bone grafting to receive the artificial root or are unable to undergo surgery. For these people, mini dental implants may be the solution. For many people, mini implants can be installed in one visit with only local anesthesia.
Dental implants and mini dental implants require the same care as you give to your natural teeth. This means brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and getting regular professional cleanings. Professional cleanings are necessary because while regular brushing and flossing can remove most plaque, they cannot remove it all, and the plaque that remains will turn to tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. If tartar is left on your teeth and gums, you have a good chance of developing gum disease. When left untreated, gum disease can have a devastating impact on your overall health.
The main differences between mini dental implants and traditional dental implants include the following:
• Mini implants replace smaller teeth
• Mini implants do not contain a screw
• Mini implants do not require bone grafting
• Mini implants are less invasive and heal faster
They are mainly used to restore small teeth, front teeth, premolars and teeth located in a narrow space. Mini dental implants can be used to hold dentures firmly in place so there is no slippage when you eat or clicking sound when you speak. It usually takes four mini implants to hold a lower denture and six to hold an upper denture.
If you need a bridge or have a missing tooth, our Stamford, CT specialist may recommend dental implants instead. Missing teeth can make you look older than you are and will gradually result in bone loss because the jawbone is not being properly utilized. Since implants stimulate bone growth, they help maintain the integrity of your mouth.
If you are dealing with one or more missing teeth, mini dental implants provided by our dentist at Stamford Dental Group may be the answer. Contact our office in Stamford, CT to schedule your consultation and find out if this option is right for you.