Are you missing teeth? Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, is compassionate to the mental and emotional trauma that premature tooth loss can cause in her patients. Not only are there psychological effects from losing teeth, but the empty tooth sockets left behind present additional oral health issues. In many cases, the jawbone around where a tooth is missing becomes less dense due to lack of minerals and nutrients. Other teeth might then shift into the empty space, misaligning your bite or making your smile look crooked. Thankfully, there are replacement options.
Mini Dental Implants Explained
Tooth loss generally happens as a result of either dental health neglect or injury. We have written a lot about regular dental implants in previous blogs. Mini implants are similar to dental implants, in that they consist of a titanium alloy post that is inserted directly into the jawbone. As time passes and the patient heals, the titanium rod will fuse to your jawbone, firmly securing your implant in place. The only real difference is that mini implants are smaller in diameter. This can be a disadvantage in terms of long term strength. However, for people with jawbone density issues that make it difficult to support full implants, minis can be a viable solution.
Are You a Candidate for Mini Dental Implants?
Candidates for mini dental implants should have some degree of healthy jawbone, though density levels will be taken on a case-by-case basis. However, it is essential that you are free of periodontal disease (gum disease) at any level. To determine whether mini dental implants are right for you, you should schedule a visit with your Farmington Hills dentist. At your consultation, Dr. Askari can determine the best way to address tooth loss for your specific needs.
Dental Implants in Farmington Hills
If you are interested in discussing mini dental implants, or any kind of tooth replacement, consult with your Farmington Hills dentist. You can contact the Comfort Dental Spa team by calling our 48335 dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, and surrounding neighborhoods.