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Mini Implants

Missing teeth can make your life a bit more complicated. If you are missing one or a few teeth, you might be just a little bit embarrassed at your smile, but you could also be at risk of further dental problems!

Whether you have lost teeth due to genetics, traumatic injury, or poor oral hygiene, tooth replacement is a must. At Mountain Springs Dental, we offer mini implants to restore the function and aesthetics of your smile.

What Causes Tooth Loss?

We understand that tooth loss can be uncomfortable and confusing. As we help our patients understand what causes tooth loss, we hope to help prevent more of our patients from losing their teeth. Here are some causes of tooth loss:

  • Gum disease. Gum disease or periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss. Seventy percent of missing teeth are due to gum disease.
  • Cavities. If cavities are allowed to fester in your mouth without dental intervention, tooth loss can occur.
  • Physical injury or trauma. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t participate in sports, but be sure to wear recommended protective equipment when you do.
  • Other diseases and risk factors. There are other, less common ways you can lose teeth, usually due to another health condition, medication, or a genetic issue.

Tooth loss can be mitigated by practicing good oral hygiene—that means regular brushing and flossing—as well as semiannual checkups at Mountain Springs Dental so we can give you a professional cleaning and checkup.

What Are Mini Implants?

Dental implants use titanium posts to mimic the root structure of natural teeth. The posts are attached to the jawbone and then topped with a realistic-looking fake tooth. This method can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.

These traditional dental implants require a good amount of healthy jaw bone tissue to place the titanium posts into. Mini implants are similar in structure and function to traditional dental implants, but they are much smaller, as the name suggests. Because they are smaller, they require less bone tissue to be fully rooted into the jaw.

In both cases, with traditional dental implants and mini implants, the new artificial tooth is custom made to match your other teeth, both in color and shape. Your new tooth or teeth will blend in perfectly with the rest of your natural teeth! With mini dental implants from Mountain Springs Dental, you can have your gorgeous smile back!

The best part? Mini implants don’t sacrifice in any way! They are just as strong and durable as traditional dental implants, only half the size. You’ll be able to chew and speak better than you have in years.

How Do Mini Implants Work?

Mini implants work similarly to how your natural teeth work. Your natural teeth have roots that are hidden below the gum line. These roots attach to your jaw bone and keep your teeth secured in your mouth.

The mini implant will do the same thing. By sitting in your jawbone, mini implants can provide your jaw the necessary stimulation it needs to maintain its strength. The dental crown that rests on top of the mini implant will serve as the actual tooth. You can use it to chew almost anything.

Benefits of Mini Implants

Mini implants are structurally similar to traditional implants, so why get one instead of the other? Everyone missing teeth should consider replacing their teeth for better oral health. If you aren’t a fully qualified candidate for traditional implants, you should consider the benefits of mini implants instead:

  • Fit More Comfortably: Traditional implants and mini implants are both fused into the jawbone. However, while traditional implants can be between 3.5 and 5.4 millimeters, mini implants are only 1.8–3.3 millimeters. Neither may seem large, but in terms of going inside your jawbone, the difference is huge! Mini implants are comparable in size to a toothpick. This makes them ideal for people with smaller faces, or shrunken jawbones.
  • Restore Confidence: If you are struggling to open your mouth because of embarrassment, or feeling like you’ll never be able to enjoy your favorite foods again, all is not lost! Our mini implants are perfect for restoring both the beauty and integrity of our patients’ smiles.
  • Recover From Decay or Periodontitis: One of the most common reasons for tooth loss is tooth-decay or gum disease. When these diseases cause your teeth to fall out, they leave open wounds for more bacteria to grow in. Once we are able to treat your infection, you can get those gaps filled with mini implants to protect the newly healed gum tissue.
  • Bolster a Weak Jaw: Tooth loss that has really set in often gives the affected person a shriveled look. This is because the jaw requires constant stimulation from the roots of the teeth. If your tooth loss has come to this point, you are incompatible with traditional dental implants, but all hope is not lost! A small jaw is exactly what mini implants are made for!

If you’re missing teeth, have a low budget, and little time, mini dental implants are perfect for you! Mini implants are often cheaper than traditional dental implants and they can be placed in just one dental visit.

How to Care For Mini Implants

Mini implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, so you should treat them like it! Taking good care of your implants with daily brushing and flossing will help them last a long time, and make them more than worth your while.

Oral Health Tips for Mini Implants

To take care of your mini implants, and to protect the rest of your natural teeth, keep on top of your oral health. You should:

  • Brush Regularly: When brushing, you should also brush your tongue. Make sure to get all surfaces of each tooth. Bacteria can hide in the smallest of crevices, and that can cause cavities or infection. Fortunately, mini implants can’t get infected, so even if bacteria on them manages to elude you on your own, you’ll keep these false teeth forever!
  • Flossing: You might think we don’t know when you haven’t flossed regularly, but we can. Flossing removes plaque in between your teeth that is almost impossible to remove with a toothbrush. Removing this plaque gives you the appearance of a brighter smile while also making your mouth cleaner and healthier.
  • Dental Visits: Come say “hi” to us at Mountain Springs Dental at least twice a year for a cleaning and a checkup. Cleanings remove any plaque buildup that is hard to get rid of with at-home methods, and checkups can find any minor problems before they get worse.

Care for your new teeth and your old teeth at the same time with these oral health tips! By taking care of your new mini dental implants, you will be taking care of the rest of your mouth as well. Following these tips will help set you up for a future with great oral health. Take control of your oral health and don’t lose any more teeth than you have to!

Learn More About Mini Implants at Mountain Springs Dental

At Mountain Springs Dental, we are committed to giving you a smile you love! If you’d like to learn more about your premier cosmetic dental options here at Mountain Springs Dental in Ogden, UT, call our office today! We look forward to helping you achieve your healthiest, most beautiful smile yet!

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