Mini Dental Implants May Be The Answer
- February 15, 2017
Have you been told by a dentist that you don’t have enough bone for traditional dental implants? Mini dental implants may be the solution for you.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of two parts. The implant itself is basically a replacement tooth root. Implants are generally made of titanium and are extremely strong. The implant is inserted through the gum and into the underlying bone. The bone grows around and fuses to the implant (a process called osseointegration) and holds the implant securely.
The other part of a dental implant is the restoration. That’s the replacement tooth or teeth which is firmly anchored to the implant. Restorations can be a single crown (tooth), a dental bridge, or even a full “arch” of dentures.
Dental implants offer a lot of benefits. They give you back nearly 100 percent of your chewing power. The implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care. And, the pressure of chewing, transmitted through the implant, stimulates the bone and keeps it from deteriorating.
Bone loss is common once a tooth is missing, and the extent of the remaining bone is one of the key factors in deciding whether a person is a candidate for traditional implants. The bone has to be thick and strong enough to handle the pressures of chewing.
Mini Implants Can Make The Difference
Like the name implies, mini implants are smaller than traditional implants. That means that less bone is needed. The potential downsides are that mini implants aren’t as secure as traditional implants and may not last as long. Mini implants may not give you back as much chewing power as traditional implants.
Still, mini implants are an option for many people who are missing teeth but who have been told that they aren’t candidates for traditional implants.
Mini implants are FDA-approved for a wide range of dental implant treatments. Mini dental implants can be placed in the front of the lower jaw to help retain a full lower denture. Over time, mini implants have found wider use in both the upper and lower jaws. Typically, the surgery involved with placing mini dental implants is less invasive. For that reason, mini dental implants are appropriate for use in older people, who often heal more slowly, and in people with otherwise compromising medical conditions. and can be used in older individuals or patients who may otherwise be medically compromised.
The Implantologist Makes the Difference
Your choice of the dentist to perform you implant procedure shouldn’t be made lightly. Fortunately for the Peabody, MA area, Dr. Argeros has been placing and restoring implants for more than 30 years. Dr. Argeros is one of just a few hundred dentists worldwide to hold a Fellowship in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Argeros has trained with Dr. Victor Sendax, who is the originator of the mini implant system. Thanks to that training, and Dr. Argeros’ extensive experience and continuing education, you can rest assured that you’re in the best of hands.
To find out whether mini dental implants are an option for you, schedule a consultation with Contemporary Dentistry & Implantology by calling our office at 978-278-1760. You can also use our convenient online form to send us a message or to request an appointment.