Tooth loss occurs for a number of reasons. These can include anything from tooth decay, cavities, physical trauma, malnutrition, pregnancy, chronic illness and advanced gum disease. Multiple tooth loss has a negative impact on a person’s quality of life. It can make simple, day-to-day tasks such as eating, drinking and speaking difficult or unpleasant. Since chewing is difficult, the person will experience dietary restrictions, confining his or her diet to soft foods. It can also make a person feel uncomfortable with his or her physical appearance.
People often rely on removable dentures as replacements for missing teeth. They’re cheap, accessible and reversible. However, they often slide off or move out of place, making eating messy and awkward. Dental implants, on the other hand, feel and look more natural than removable dentures. They’re also more durable and reliable.
However, dental implants require high bone density in the jaw area. They also entail multiple invasive surgeries, with lengthy periods of recovery in between. This means that a person will have to be strong and healthy enough for surgery in order to qualify for dental implants. If they lack bone density, they’ll also need to undergo bone grafting surgery.
Mini implants, or narrow body dental implants, are a good alternative to regular dental implants. They’re smaller so they don’t require as much bone density. They require just one quick procedure, and minimal recovery time.
This means that more people will qualify for mini implants. These are less expensive and have fewer health requirements. It’s a great option for those who need permanent replacements for lost teeth even if they lack sufficient bone mass, or if they want to avoid painful procedures.
Mini implants function just as well as regular dental implants. They’re also durable and long-lasting.
For inquiries, contact your Santa Cruz implant dentist, Dr. Matiasevich at 831-440-7577 to schedule an appointment.