Lake Orion implant dentist, Dr. Brad Greenfield wants you to know that you don’t have to live with missing teeth. There are numerous ways to restore both the form and function of your smile, even if tooth decay or injury has caused one, several, or even all of your teeth to fall out. Dentures and dental implants are commonly known means to provide you with a replacement for teeth that have long sense separated themselves from your gums. Mini implant dentures are a less known restoration. Try your hand at this quiz to have some fun learning more about these dental wonders.
Q1. True or false – Mini implants are actually stronger than dental implants.
Q2. True or false – Mini implants are just like their name: Tinier versions of regular dental implants.
Q3. True or false – Mini implants are a great choice for people with a lot of lost tooth structure as a result of untreated cavities and periodontal infection.
A1. FALSE – Because mini implants are significantly smaller in diameter than full dental implants, they are not as strong. They are a good interim solution for people with bone density issues that can’t weather full implants, or they can work as a long-term solution in certain cases.
A2. TRUE – Mini implants are designed to be just like a smaller version of regular dental implants. The difference is due to the need for smaller implants for people with diminished jawbone density. Just like their big brothers, mini implants consist of titanium alloy rods which are surgically inserted directly into your jawbone tissue. As the surgery heals, the titanium posts fuse to your jawbone so that the attached porcelain crowns are just as firm and stable as natural, healthy teeth.
A3. FALSE – Candidates for mini dental implants can have varying bone density. However, healthy surrounding teeth and gum tissues are important if the surgery is going to be successful. Periodontal disease (gum disease) will render the fusing process unsuccessful and make the surgery pointless. Patients with unresolved dental infections should take the time to treat the underlying issues so they present with a healthy foundation for their new implants.
Visit your Lake Orion Dentist
Are you concerned with gaps in your teeth, or any other dental issues? You can visit Dr. Greenfield’s office in Lake Orion at 248-693-6213 to schedule a dental appointment or cosmetic consultation. We offer comprehensive dentistry services to patients in Lake Orion and surrounding communities.