Dental Implants vs Mini Implants
More people today are using bridges, dentures, and dental implants to help replace missing teeth. Dental implants are the most popular among the three, with a higher number of patients preferring them. There are two main types of dental implants, which are traditional dental implants and mini implants. At Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry our experienced dentists understand well both traditional implants and mini implants. They will explain to the patient in need of a dental implant the two types before they agree on which is best for the patient's current situation. You can count on us to help restore your lost smile and confidence.
Implant dentistry refers to a dental implant method that replaces the natural tooth root to help restore the functions and appearance of the tooth. A dental implant is an excellent option for missing or decaying teeth. A dental implant is made up of three parts. There is the implant which is made from titanium. The implant resembles the real natural tooth root. It is attached to the jawbone. The abutment is the second part. It is placed onto the implant three to four months after the implant has been placed. The last part is the crown, made of ceramic and resembles the natural teeth in function, size, color, and shape.
Dental implants can last a lifetime. The crown portion may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years. It is possible to prolong its lifetime by regular brushing and flossing. Frequent dental checkups will also help prolong the lifetime of the dental implant.
Dental implant treatment also comes with certain risks, like any other treatment method. The risks are minor and rare and can be resolved quickly. One common risk is the implant failing to adhere to the bone. There is a possibility of the bone and implant failing to connect. Our experienced dentists will painlessly and quickly remove the implant in such a situation. There is also peri-implantitis which harms the bone surrounding the tooth or gum tissues. It increases the chances of dental implants failing as they lead to the loosening of the implant and loss of bone.
Like any type of surgery, there is always the risk of infection. A dental implant is not an exception. Dental implant infection is rare thanks to the sterile settings where dental implant surgery is conducted. A dental implant is placed surgically into the jaw. There is the risk of nerves getting damaged during the procedure. It can lead to lips, chin, gums, or teeth tingling, numbness, and discomfort.
There is no specific age range when it comes to having dental implants. Any adult can be a candidate for dental implants, provided you have good oral hygiene, have healthy gums, and do not smoke.
At Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry we understand the challenges that come with tooth loss as well as choosing the right tooth restoration method. You do not have to worry since we have a dedicated and experienced team of dentists who will go out of their way to ensure you have the best dental implant procedure. Contact us today at (657) 341-0808 to learn more about the differences between traditional dental implants and mini implants.