When you lose one or two teeth to accident, damage, decay or disease, you want to get them replaced as soon as possible. Nobody wants a gap in their mouth with a missing tooth. You want your smile to look natural, normal and beautiful. Fortunately, there are a variety of procedures available to replace that lost tooth, from temporary to permanent. If you are missing or stand to lose a couple of teeth, learn about the various tooth replacement options, including mini dental implants.
The most common non-implant solution to tooth replacement is the tooth-supported bridge. With this solution, the teeth surrounding the missing one are ground down and used as support for a new bridge. These replacements may not last as long as other solutions, and can sometimes deteriorate existing teeth over time.
Partial dentures that can be removed from the mouth are another popular solution. These are sculpted to your mouth and snap or glue into the gap. It is a less expensive solution for those on a budget, but is not as natural-looking as a permanent replacement, and doesn’t function quite as well.
This resin-bonded solution is often used to replace front teeth, where the needs of heavy biting and chewing are lower than those of the rear teeth. This kind of bridge uses wings that attach to the healthy teeth adjacent to the missing one. It looks and works more naturally than a removable denture, but isn’t quite as sturdy as a fixed bridge or permanent implant.
If part of your tooth is still viable and you haven’t lost the whole thing, a crown can sometimes be the solution. With a crown, a new tooth is sculpted over the remains of the old tooth, often after a root canal to remove any infection that caused the rotting of the original tooth. Crowns are considered to be permanent tooth replacements, and they look and work very naturally. Often, they are combined with implants for the maximum effectiveness.
Mini implants are a permanent solution for those who need to replace just one or two lost teeth. They are smaller and slenderer than a traditional implant, but are a permanent and natural replacement. The best part about mini implants is that they can often be placed in a single day, from implant to permanent bonded restoration. They have little to no discomfort and will restore your smile to its original, natural beauty.
If you need options for tooth replacement that don’t require flippers, glue, loose dentures or the hassle of other replacement options, mini implants may be for you. If you would like more information about how mini implants work, take some time to read a bit more about the process and how it works, and then feel free to get in touch with us for answers to any questions or to schedule an appointment today.