Dental implants provide a long-lasting and secure option for people suffering from one or more missing teeth. However, if you lose significant jawbone tissue due to tooth loss, you may not be able to support these lifelike replacements. Fortunately, your Livonia, MI, dentist can help with our lifelike and dependable mini dental implants.
The Loss of Jawbone Mass and Density
When we lose our natural teeth, the body notices the lack of tooth roots and in response, suspends the flow of nutrients to the jawbone around the missing teeth. Without regular doses of calcium and phosphorus, the bone tissue begins to break down. Over time, losing mass and density means further tooth loss and an aged appearance. Dental implants, which must be inserted into the jawbone and act as new tooth roots, could have difficulty staying in place if there isn’t enough jawbone tissue to keep them stable. However, the mini option requires less structure, which means we can place them and after placement, the stimulated growth of jawbone tissue could halt the risk of further missing teeth or an aged appearance.
Underlying Oral Health Issues
Prior to placement, we will of course need to look for the presence of underlying oral health issues. Gum disease is often a major cause of adult tooth loss, so the presence of the disease means we may recommend treatment to properly manage it before moving forward. We will also look for decay, infection, and other issues that could impact placement. We want to make sure your smile is healthy and ready to receive your new teeth!
The Mini Placement Process
Mini dental implants also require less structure to support them, and the placement process is less involved. For this reason, they are a great way to help people with poor oral health and significant jawbone density loss enjoy a full and functional smile again. After we insert the dental implants, we will attach an abutment that will hold the prosthetic or crown in place, completing the visible portion of your new smile. If you have any questions about this economical and less-involved alternative to traditional implant dentistry, then please contact our team today. We would love to help you enjoy a functional and beautiful smile once more using advanced technology!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MINI IMPLANTS?
We want to help you enjoy a full smile again with our long-lasting and durable dental implants. Whether you have a single missing tooth, or have lost all of them, we’re here with dependable and lifelike replacement options. To learn more about how our team provides tooth loss replacement, then call James Stewart, DDS, dental implant office in Livonia, MI, at (734) 425-4400. We also serve the residents of Farmington, Plymouth, Dearborn Heights, and all surrounding communities.