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The mini dental implant is a relatively new innovation in dentistry, but it has already made a huge difference for patients seeking restorative dental treatment.

In this short article our Saint Louis mini dental implant dentists will be giving you some information about how mini implants work, and what they can do for patients suffering from tooth loss.

A mini dental implant is very similar in concept to a full-sized dental implant. Every mini implant has a small titanium root that sits in the patient’s jawbone. This mini implant root is made of titanium, and it designed to fill the hole left by the missing tooth root. Over time, mini implant roots bond with the bone tissues around them,

Sometimes mini dental implant roots are capped with tooth-like restorations, so as to create stand-alone replacement teeth. Mini dental implants can fit into tight spaces along the patient’s gum-line, and they do not require as much jawbone density as full-sized dental implants do to stay in place.

Mini implants are frequently used to hold other dental prosthetics—like dentures—permanently in place. In this case, our dentist inserts a few mini implant roots into strategic places along the patient’s gum-line. Each one of these mini implant roots will be capped with a restoration that looks similar to the ball in a ball and socket joint. The bottom of the patient’s prosthetic is retrofitted with sockets that will lock into place over the ball joints. Once a denture is secured with mini dental implants, the denture is not removable.

Mini dental implants have increased the number of tooth replacement options that we are able to offer in our Saint Louis dental implant dentist office. Our dental team would be happy to give you more information about all of your restorative dentistry options—just give us a call or submit a question on our Contact Us page.

We see our teeth everyday—you probably take a look at your teeth when you brush and floss, when you check your appearance in the mirror, and after a meal when you check for food stuck in your teeth! Since you’re constantly aware of the appearance of your teeth, you may not notice small aesthetic changes that accumulate over time. Your teeth, like the rest of your body, change with age. Over time your teeth can become darker, stained, and with dull enamel.

Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office offers a number of different treatments to lighten and refresh the appearance of your smile. There are a number of factors that can improve the appearance of your smile…

1. color—obviously white teeth are younger and cleaner looking than dark or stained teeth, so you cosmetic treatment should give the outside of your teeth a bright, white appearance

2. luster—young enamel is luminous and it reflects light. Cosmetic treatments that bring luminosity back to dull teeth can give your smile a radiant appearance.

3. texture—smooth enamel is both attractive and easier to keep clean. If your enamel is grooved or pitted, you may consider cosmetic dentistry that will smooth the appearance of the enamel.

The leading cosmetic treatments used to refresh patients’ smiles are…

Professional teeth whitening treatments—these treatments lighten natural enamel. This is a great option for patients with healthy teeth who want to eliminate surface stains.

Porcelain dental veneers—veneers are often used to correct more severe cosmetic problems such as irregular enamel surface texture, and whitening-resistant stains and discoloration.

Which one is right for you? You can learn more at your cosmetic consultation. During this meeting our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists will walk you through your treatment options and get a better understanding of your unique dental goals.

When Susan brought her son—Robby—into our Saint Louis dentist office, she was concerned that he was grinding and clenching his teeth in his sleep. We met with Robby and Susan to assess Robby’s condition—ultimately we found that Robby was suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Now most patients that have sleep apnea are adults—sleep apnea is both more rare and more difficult to diagnose in young patients, but it does happen. Read on to learn more about what to look out for…

When a child’s sleep is disrupted due to obstructive sleep apnea, they’ll probably exhibit some behavioral signs. Your child may act tired, and unmotivated. Teachers sometimes tell parents that their child has started to lose interest in school or even become disruptive in class. When a child doesn’t get a restful night’s sleep he or she may start to act out and act sluggish.

Your child may also be waking up upset in the middle of the night. You may notice that they’ve started to snore loudly or even wake up gasping for air during the night.

Look out for these other signs of sleep apnea that may pop up when your child is sleeping—severe sweating, stomach sleeping positions (your child may be sleeping in a stomach crouched position), and bedwetting. Obviously, these problems can have a number of causes, so you should have your child evaluated by a dentist to determine if obstructive sleep apnea is a problem.

Obstructive sleep apnea can be effectively addressed with customized mouth guards and other treatments that help keep the airway open during sleep. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with our Saint Louis dentist office. During this consultation we’ll review your child’s symptoms and check for signs of airway obstructions. With proper care your child can sleep peacefully and wake up refreshed again!

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