Traditional and mini implants in Jefferson Park are the most permanent and secure option for replacing a missing tooth. This procedure has become increasingly popular, because implants fit, feel and function just like natural teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium rod that is surgically placed into your jaw bone beneath the gum line. The rod replaces the tooth root and a permanent or removable prosthetic tooth is attached overtop. Dental implants have improved durability, comfort and oral health. Unlike crowns, bridges or dentures, dental implants will never come loose. They do not require disrupting any other teeth allowing for easy access for brushing and flossing.
What to Expect During the Procedure
The dental implant procedure is an oral surgery that requires certain preparations in addition to local anesthesia. It’s normal to be a little nervous, but following your dentist’s specific instructions, rest assured that the procedure will go seamlessly. Your dentist may prescribe an anti-bacterial mouthwash and preventative antibiotics to use beforehand.
On the day of surgery, local anesthesia will be applied in your mouth to numb the area where the implant will be placed. An incision is first made to expose the jaw bone and then a quiet drill is used to create a hole. The two-piece titanium rod is screwed into place. The gums are closed over the rod using a small stitch. Over the next few months, the implant becomes attached to the bone, a process referred to as osseointegration.
After the implant is embedded in your jaw bone, you will begin the series of appointments required to create and attach your implant crown. Your dentist will take an impression to create a natural-looking porcelain tooth. An incision is made to re-expose the titanium rod and your new crown will be secured on top.
What is a Mini Implant?
Mini implants in Jefferson Park are half the diameter of traditional implants and are less invasive to insert. They are usually used for front teeth replacements or when a patient has particularly small teeth. Unlike traditional implants, the titanium rod in a mini implant is one solid piece with a ball-shaped protrusion that sits above the gums. The porcelain tooth is then snapped into place over the ball-shaped piece. Mini implants are less expensive but may have shorter lifespans than traditional implants.
For more information about traditional or mini implants in Jefferson Park, contact our team at Kryzak DDS today.