Sep 17

Two seniors smiling to the camera with arms around each otherMissing teeth have a huge impact on confidence, how others perceive you, and your overall health. Mini dental implants are often the answer patients search for to save them from jawbone deterioration. This type of bone loss can lead to painful infections and even facial disfigurement.

Desert Dental Alternatives in Cathedral City, CA, performs mini dental implant procedures. This allows patients to experience the benefits of implant dentistry without the need for long recovery times, complicated bone graft surgeries, or sinus lift procedures.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini dental implants function like traditional dental implants in that they are artificial tooth roots designed to hold a bridge or denture. The primary difference is that mini dental implants are much smaller, which means a much less involved procedure.

Qualifications for Mini Dental Implants

If you struggle to speak, eat, or smile the way you want to because of missing teeth or unstable dentures, then it’s time to talk to our top-notch staff about how mini dental implants can improve your quality of life. You might be a strong candidate for mini implants if you:

  • Have multiple missing teeth
  • Do not have periodontal disease
  • Have sufficient jawbone density

Your oral health is one of the most important things you’ll ever consider. Our office in Cathedral City wants to supply you with the facts you need to make the best decision for you.

Jawbone Density

The risk from tooth loss is more than just appearance-driven. Tooth loss results in bone loss of the jaw over time. Mini dental implants are smaller versions of traditional dental implants that require less support from the jaw and tissue. This makes them viable alternatives for patients who have suffered bone deterioration, without the need for bone grafting.

Do Not Have Diabetes or Heart Disease

Any type of procedure performed in your mouth already leaves you at a higher risk of infection. Your mouth is dark, wet, and prone to contact with a variety of potentially harmful elements (like your food). If you’re a diabetic or have heart disease, your immune system may be more susceptible to infection. Oral infections combined with a weakened immune system could become life-threatening.

Have Multiple Missing Teeth

Teeth are essential to optimal jawbone health. If it’s not medically possible to save your natural teeth, mini dental implants can provide strong foundations for bridges or dentures. While there’s no way to stop the jawbone deterioration completely, mini dental implants stimulate the nerves in the jawbone enough to slow the process of bone loss.

Do Not Have Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease due to poor oral hygiene is a potential cause of tooth loss. Patients have to be free from all infections, including gingivitis. Gum disease around mini dental implants may create pockets of infection around the implant site, increasing the risk of implant failure. Your doctor will make sure that you complete any necessary oral hygiene treatments before placing mini dental implants.

Book Your Consultation

If you’re curious if mini dental implants are right for you, call our Cathedral City office at (760) 324-4450 or send our office a message. A talk with our caring, compassionate staff can lead to a brighter smile for the rest of your life.

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