You can lose teeth before you reach old age due to decay, trauma, or accident. If you lose many teeth, partial dentures or bridges are an effective treatment option. But if you only lose one or two, in different areas of your mouth, and you have many healthy years ahead, you may require a different option, a long-term permanent option such as dental implants. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, discusses mini dental implants.
Even if you lose only one tooth it can affect the stability of your complete dental health. For instance, if you lose a tooth when you are young and choose not to replace it, the density of your jawbone may deteriorate. If this happens it can limit your future options for treatment. If your jawbone is in a state of deterioration and you decide you wanted an implant, you may first have to undergo a bone graft to return your jawbone to a healthy state.
Dental implants consist of a biocompatible titanium post, or root, which is surgically inserted into your jawbone. This root-like structure fuses with your bone acting as a natural root. The post is then topped with a porcelain tooth fabricated to blend with your surrounding dentition.
At less than 3 mm in diameter, mini dental implants, or MDIs, are smaller than regular implants but the implantation process is the same. Mini implants are ideal for older patients with low jawbone density because trauma to the bone and the recovery time are both reduced. Because more mature dental patients generally do not require the stability or longevity, mini implants are an effective option. On the other hand, if you lose your teeth while young, full-sized implants would be the treatment option of choice because they are stronger and more durable.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.