The Difference Between Traditional Implants and Mini Implants
A traditional dental implant generally has a diameter of 3 to 6mm. A mini dental implant is typically half of the size of a traditional one. There are several reasons why a mini dental implant may be chosen over a traditional size. First, people that do not have enough bone density to support a full size implant may be able to receive a mini dental implant due to the decreased size. This creates more opportunities regarding tooth replacement options for adults suffering from tooth loss along with our elderly patients that tend to suffer from resorption on a more regular basis. That is good news and if you have been told that you cannot get implants due to a lack of bone density, call 610-282-1122 for a second opinion.
The one downfall of using a smaller implant is that the implant itself may not be as strong or as durable, simply because it receives less support from the jawbone than a traditional implant would. In our Coopersburg, PA dental office, we know that mini dental implants are still incredibly secure but if you are looking for the most durable, most secure tooth replacement, a traditional dental implant is still your best option.
The Process of Installing Implants
If one or more of your teeth have fallen out, you may qualify for dental implants as a way to permanently replace the missing teeth. In order to find out, schedule an appointment with our Coopersburg dentist office by calling 610-282-1122. Dr. Deering will examine your mouth and jawbone to determine if the procedure is right for you. Before you can get started, your gums need to be healthy, and your jawbone needs to be strong. If, Dr. Deering identifies any cavities or signs of gum disease, this will need to be treated first.
Once you are cleared for the procedure, the staff at Deering Dental will take an impression of your mouth so that the new teeth can be created in a dental lab. Each tooth will be made to match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth along with having a perfect color match. This way your smile will appear completely natural once done. Patients throughout PA are delighted with the results since no one can tell the difference between which teeth are real and which ones are synthetic.
The next step in the procedure is to have a metal post implanted under the gum line. This aspect of the procedure is what sets a implant apart from other forms of cosmetic dentistry and Dr. Deering has a trusted specialist place the implant or implants right where he needs them. Then Dr. Deering expertly puts in the special implant-supported crowns and tooth replacements (bridges or special partial dentures or over-the-implants dentures) so that you have great natural look and function. The metal post is secured to the jawbone in order to create a durable, synthetic root system that rivals the strength of natural roots with one exception – metal can’t become infected. Over the course of a couple of months, the metal post and jawbone will fuse together. This creates a level of durability that cannot be replicated in any other type of procedure.
Afterwards, Dr. Deering will secure the new synthetic tooth to the metal post at the surface of the gums. The new tooth is attached so securely, that patients can eat their favorite foods, maintain an active lifestyle, play sports, and more, without fear of their tooth becoming loose or falling out. Patients throughout PA enjoy the benefits that come from never having to worry about their tooth again.
Caring for Dental Prosthetics and Implants
Once implants have been installed, they are extremely easy to care for. We hear from patients throughout Coopersburg with questions that range from “Do implants come out” and “How do I brush my teeth”. The answer is fairly simple. Since dental prosthetics are installed by creating a synthetic root system, they are durable and secure and will not fall out or become loose. This means you can go play basketball, run in a 10k, and wrestle with your kids – without worrying about your tooth coming out.
In order to care for your implants, we advise patients throughout Pennsylvania to brush and floss their teeth throughout the day like they normally would. Additionally, it is important to schedule dental exams and cleanings with Dr. Deering at least twice a year. The staff at Deering Dental will help to clean your teeth and ensure that they stay healthy. This step is incredibly important because while dental prosthetics cannot become infected themselves, the teeth around them can. If, in the future, you suffer from a severe case of gum disease or a dental abscess, the infection can spread into your jawbone. This puts your implants in jeopardy because in order to stay secure, the jawbone must be in good health. If it becomes infected, your dental prosthetics and all of your teeth will be in jeopardy.
If you currently have implants and your teeth start to hurt, call (610) 282-1122 to schedule an appointment immediately. This way we can identify any infection and treat it before it can spread into the jawbone. As long as you follow these simple preventative care steps, your implants and natural teeth should remain in good health.
In order to find out if implants are right for you, call 610-282-1122. Dr. Deering and the staff at Deering Dental are friendly, welcoming, and will take the time to educate and inform you of all of your options. Patients throughout Coopersburg PA trust Dr. Deering to replace their teeth in the way that helps them to accomplish their lifestyle goals. That means that Dr. Deering will make a detailed recommendation about which direction you should go for replacing your missing teeth. Just remember that you can have a beautiful and natural looking smile by working with a professional implant dentist, and if you are suffering from missing teeth, we can help you by transforming your smile. Schedule an appointment and let us transform your smile into something as beautiful as you are.