Dental implants are a great option for individuals who have missing teeth or who have other dental issues. The great thing about dental implants is that when a crown or a replacement tooth is made for one that is missing or has been damaged, a titanium rod is put inside the jawbone and is connected to the replacement tooth. This is a great alternative to other forms of dental procedures that require an individual to have other teeth damaged in order to replace one tooth, like a bridge.
What are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are just like regular size dental implants except they are smaller. Normal size dental implants are usually between 3.42 and 5.8 MM. However, the minis are almost half the size, being 1.8 to 3.3 MM in diameter. They are also shorter.
Regular size dental implants as well as mini dental implants are made of titanium. Mini dental implants have a different shape from regular dental implants. They consist of a post that has a ball on one end. Then there is a socket with a ring that will attach to the replacement tooth.
You may be wondering why mini dental implants would be used instead of regular dental implants. They are a great option for individuals who are not able to receive conventional restoration. Also, they can be used as a temporary support for permanent implant procedures. Individuals who have insufficient bone mass in their jaw to use regular implants may opt for mini dental implants.
Just like regular dental implants, mini dental implants are able to support a variety of replacement teeth. They are appropriate for crowns, bridges and dentures.
Caring for Mini Dental Implants
The care that is required for mini dental implants is basically the same that is needed for regular dental implants. The very first thing that you need to do is be sure that you practice good oral hygiene. Practicing good oral hygiene consists of brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Most individuals are in the habit of brushing their teeth in the morning and at night before they go to bed. It is also important to floss at least once a day.
Depending on the way your particular dental implants have been installed, it may be necessary for you to brush after meals. You may be interested in getting a new toothbrush that can help you to reach all around the implant.
A major part of any good oral hygiene routine is visiting a dentist on a regular basis. When you visit the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS, our skilled cosmetic dentist is going to be able to monitor the health of your teeth as well as continually check on the condition of your dental implants. Our office is located in Cabot, AR, and we also serve the Little Rock, AR and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.