Dentistry is all about the patient – providing what they need, when they need it. Dental implants are a great example of how dentistry has evolved for the patient’s needs. They are a standard technique for replacing missing teeth, but there are now different options available to suit the needs of different patients.
What are implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or can be implanted to help hold a bridge or dentures in place. Implants consist of the post, which is inserted into the jawbone; the abutment; and the restoration, which may be dentures, a crown, or a bridge, which fits on the abutment.
The implant bonds tightly with the jawbone. This process can take several months, but when it is complete your new tooth will be very sturdy, will feel like a natural tooth, and will look just like a real tooth. You can smile with confidence once again and get back to eating all of your favorite foods without having to concentrate on avoiding that empty socket while you chew. And, not having a missing tooth is good not only for your other teeth but for the health of your gums and jaw bone.
The entire process of getting an implant used to take many appointments over many months. However, the one-day implant takes much less time. The patient doesn’t have to come in for multiple appointments and doesn’t have to live with missing teeth while waiting for the bone and post to fuse.
Mini-implants, as you may have guessed, are smaller than conventional implants. They are a great option for someone who is a bit short on funds to pay for traditional implants or if there is not a lot of bone available for traditional implants. They are not only less expensive than the traditional type, but the procedure to get mini-implants is also faster and less invasive.
Giving patients different options is what good dentistry is all about. Make an appointment at Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee today, to see if these options may be right for you, or if a traditional implant would be a better choice. Call today, at (414) 464-9021!