Dental implants are the strongest, most durable restorative solution for missing teeth. Additionally, dental implants are the only dental restoration that replaces both the crown and roots of a missing tooth, which prevents the loss of healthy jawbone tissues.
Unfortunately, not all patients are candidates for traditional dental implants. A lack of jawbone density, financial limitations, and many other factors can prevent patients from getting traditional dental implants.
Mini dental implants provide the same strength, durability, and comfort of traditional implants, but they are much smaller. The size of mini dental implants makes this a viable treatment option for many patients who cannot undergo traditional dental implant treatment. Here, you can learn more about the factors that make for ideal mini dental implant candidates at our Fort Worth, TX practice, Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center.
Patients Who Have Suffered Tooth Loss
A patient must have experienced tooth loss to be considered a candidate for mini dental implants. However, patients should know that mini dental implants may be an ideal solution for patients who have experienced any degree of tooth loss.
Mini dental implants can act as an anchor for a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or an entire arch of dentures. All of these restorations can benefit from the strength, support, and durability that mini dental implants provide.
Patients Lacking Substantial Bone Density
After tooth loss occurs, the jawbone beneath the site of the missing tooth may degenerate. Without stimulation from the roots of the missing tooth, bone degeneration can occur. This is a gradual process, so the longer a missing tooth is left untreated, the more likely it is that substantial bone density will be lost.
Patients who have been told that they are poor candidates for traditional dental implants due to a lack of jawbone density may still be ideal candidates for mini dental implants. Since mini dental implants are smaller than traditional implants, they require less bone structure for support. Further, our dentists use a highly precise placement technique that utilizes 3-D scanning technology to ensure that the mini implants are placed in a suitable location that will support the mini implant.
Patients with Ill-fitted Dentures
Many patients who undergo mini dental implant treatment are long-time wearers of traditional dentures. Over time, the shape of the jawbone changes, and an old set of dentures may no longer fit properly.
Mini dental implant treatment provides patients with a new set of dentures that fit properly and will never shift out of place. With mini dental implants, dentures patients can talk, laugh, and eat with a renewed confidence.
Patients Who Cannot Afford Traditional Dental Implants
Dental implants are the tooth replacement treatment recommended by most dentists because of their many benefits. However, even if a patient wants traditional implants and is considered an ideal candidate for the procedure, they may not be able to afford it. Dental implants are costly, and they are not always covered by dental insurance plans.
Since mini dental implants are smaller, they are more affordable. Mini dental implant treatment can also typically be completed in a single appointment, as opposed to traditional dental implants, which usually require three separate procedures. This significantly cuts down on the cost of mini dental implants, which makes this treatment a great option for patients who are unable to budget the expense of traditional dental implants.
If you would like to find out if you are an ideal candidate for mini dental implants, we recommend you set up a consultation with the experienced dentists at the Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the many benefits that this revolutionary treatment provides.