Our Saint Louis dentists want to make sure that patients suffering from tooth loss are able to not only function normally again, but also feel good about their smiles. There are a number of available restorative dentistry options from which you can benefit. Today we will be reviewing an increasingly popular tooth replacement treatment—the mini dental implant. In this article our Saint Louis mini dental implant dentists are answering your questions about this useful treatment.
Q: How are mini dental implants different from the regular dental implants that I’ve heard about?
A: Regular sized dental implants have thicker tooth roots than mini dental implants. As you may already know, all dental implants are inserted into jawbone tissue—this anchors the replacement tooth as a whole. The mini dental implant has a thinner implant root, which can fit in smaller spaces, and which is less disruptive for the bone tissue when it is inserted.
Q: What types of patients use mini dental implants?
A: Mini dental implants can be used like conventional dental implants as stand alone replacement teeth. However, mini dental implants are more often used in association with other tooth replacement treatments—like dentures. If you wear dentures, or if you would prefer dentures to dental implants, you may want our dentist to place a few mini dental implants to stabilize your dentures. These mini dental implants are capped with a small ball, which then fits into a socket space in your denture.
Mini dental implants are beneficial for a number of different types of patients—they may be the tooth replacement option you have been looking for! To get more information, and to schedule your consultation with our Saint Louis dental implant dentist, feel free to call our office or contact us online. We look forward to speaking with you!