As dental implant technology has continued to evolve, more and more patients are aware that dental implants can help them restore their smiles after tooth loss. If you are considering dental implant treatment, keep in mind that there are actually two different types of dental implants available. The conventional, full-sized dental implant is used to replace individual teeth. Mini dental implants can be used as individual teeth, and they can also be used with existing tooth replacement treatments. Here is some more information from our O’Fallon mini dental implant dentist…
Q: I don’t understand, how are dental implants different than dentures and bridges?
A: The main thing that sets dental implants (both full sized and mini) apart from other treatment options, is that dental implants are designed to be embedded in the jawbone. Dentures and bridges, on the other hand, sit on top of the gum tissue.
Q: How exactly do mini dental implants work with dentures?
A: One of the main complaints that patients have about dentures is that their dentures do not seem to fit very snugly. Our dentist stabilizes dentures by placing a few mini dental implants along the gum line. Your existing dentures can then be retrofitted to snap over the mini dental implants. Patients find that, using mini dental implants, they are able to eat and speak more naturally than without them.
Q: How do I know if mini dental implants are right for me?
A: if you are currently missing teeth, you may benefit from conventional or mini dental implants. Contact our dentist for a consultation to find out for sure!
No matter what the current state of your smile, our O’Fallon dentist office can help you regain the healthy smile that you deserve. We’re here to answer you questions—just give us a call to learn more.