You’ve been considering getting dental implants to fill in the gaps in your smile, but you’ve recently found out that your jaw lacks the necessary bone density for implants, meaning you’ll need a bone graft before you can have the surgery done. If you are unwilling to get a graft but still want to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported smile, you may want to consider an alternative: mini dental implants in Baytown. These special implants can be an excellent solution for tooth loss – provided that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Below, you’ll find 4 key traits of patients who can benefit from mini implants.
1. Being Ineligible for Standard Implants
The dental implant process relies on osseointegration. This is where the jawbone fuses with the titanium implant, holding it in place and allowing it to act as a new tooth root. If jawbone density is too low, osseointegration can’t take place, and your jaw might not even be able to support the implant at all. But even if your jaw has already lost some of its density, you might still be able to get mini dental implants. These posts are much smaller in diameter and thus don’t require as much bone to join with.
2. Having Worn Dentures for a Long Time
While traditional dentures remain as useful as ever for letting you eat and smile even after excessive tooth loss, they can’t do anything to stop the bony ridge underneath the gum tissue from atrophying over time. Because the shape of the bone structure keeps changing, your dentures will need to be adjusted or replaced fairly often. Mini dental implants can hold your dentures in place and help prevent further bone loss.
3. Patients Who are In Good Health
No matter what kind of implants you’re getting, you need to make sure your mouth is healthy and free of decay or gum disease. Such oral health issues can contribute to dental implant failure. Your dentist will need to treat cavities and gum disease before moving on with implant surgery. They’ll also need to address other potential health issues that could interfere with the process. Uncontrollable diabetes, for example, can stop the mouth from healing around the implants properly.
4. Patients Who Want to Save Time
Do you not want to wait too long for a new smile? The mini dental implant procedure is less invasive compared to the traditional treatment. Incisions might not even have to be made in your mouth, and you’ll generally recover faster. This usually means you can expect to receive the restorations for your implants much sooner.
Of course, the only way to know for sure if mini dental implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Once they’ve examined your mouth, they can help you form a plan for restoring your smile.
About the Author
Dr. Dean Hutto has over 30 years of experience in improving smiles, and he’s excited to be able to bring quality dentistry to his hometown in Baytown. He is a graduate of the Misch International Implant Institute and is an expert in using dental implants and mini implants alike to replace missing teeth. To schedule an implant consultation, visit his website or call (281) 422-8248.