Dental technology has progressed at a rapid pace in the last few years and that has provided those with missing teeth a wealth of choices. The biggest dental invention advancement for many is implants. Dental implants allow a wearer the ease and appearance of natural teeth — something dentures and bridges may not accomplish. Within the world of dental implants, you also have a choice in the type. Read on and find out more about dental implants, both traditional and mini.
One of the main benefits of an implant is its natural appearance. While other options do an adequate job, an implant is created to perfectly stand in for your missing tooth. That means it's the right shape, length, color, etc. Implants don't look like faux teeth — they look like the real thing no matter how up-close the scrutiny. The visible part of the tooth is known as the crown and whether you are considering a traditional or a mini implant, you have a choice of materials that vary in how long they last. Ceramics, porcelain, and other materials can be mixed with various metals to make them more sturdy so they will last many, many years. Once your implant is in place, care is a breeze since you can treat them just like the real thing: brush, floss, and see your dentist for cleanings and checkups as advised.
The Size Issue
When it comes to how an implant looks, no one will be able to tell the difference between a traditional implant or a mini. The real difference between these two choices is hidden away below the gum line. Mini implants, in general, have shorter posts. The post is the metal part that is inserted into your gums. The post anchors your implant to your jawbone and your bones eventually grow around the post for a tight and secure fit.
In the past, dental patients with bone density issues could not take advantage of the ease and beauty of a dental implant. The jawbones must be dense enough to hold onto the post so the implant is secure. Mini implants, though, have a shorter post and don't require the same level of bone density as a traditional implant does. While having a shorter post could impact the stability of the implant, patients who take good care of their teeth while the bones are still healing can expect to have a long-lasting implant experience nevertheless.
Talk to your dentist about the right type of dental implant for you.