Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
Keeping individual teeth makes it easier to keep teeth clean. If a problem should arise in the future with a tooth it will be a one-tooth problem rather than having multiple teeth attached.
The process of replacing a missing tooth with an implant-supported crown normally takes 12 to 14 weeks. The first part of the process involves placing the implant. In our office this is usually done in a short appointment using a soft tissue laser to create access to the implant site. The laser minimizes postoperative discomfort. The implant is placed in bone and sealed with a healing abutment to help form the proper soft tissue contour for the crown.
It normally takes 10 to 12 weeks for the bone to permanently attach to the implant, a process called osseo-integration. During the osseo-integration period a temporary crown may be used to fill the space.
When the implant is integrated, a crown is fabricated to attach to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Implant-supported crowns look and feel like natural teeth, restoring your ability to smile, speak and chew normally.
The implant restored tooth also helps prevent undesirable shifting of adjacent teeth and over eruption of opposing teeth and prevents the loss of bone in the jaws that normally follows tooth loss.
Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This offers many benefits, and they can also be used in situations where regular implants cannot. If an implant needs to be placed in a narrow space, mini implants are the preferred method because of their smaller size.
The main use for mini implants is to install a full upper or lower denture. A series of mini implants (4-6) are placed along the gum line and they serve as the base of the denture. Rather than placing a single implant for a single tooth, an entire lower or upper set of teeth are directly attached to the gum line.
The small size of mini implants often means that no incision needs to be made to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period, and the restoration can usually be placed right away or only a short time after.
Mini implants are also less expensive than regular implants. Only your dentist can determine if mini implants are right for you, so call for your consultation today.
Cone Beam 3D Dental CT Scanner
One of the technologies that we utilize is the Prexion 3D Dental Cone Beam CT Scanner. This imaging technology produces a 3D images of the patient’s mouth. This allows a precision diagnosis. The doctor is also able to tell whether it is necessary to perform a bone grafting or sinus lift to complete the total procedure. The 3D technology provides a level of accuracy that is not present with 2D technology.