Dentures were once the only way to replace missing teeth until dental implants were created. These implants are false teeth that take the place of your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, these mini implants are anchored into the jawbone, giving them more stability. In some situations, they may also be anchored to surrounding teeth, or they may be used to anchor a set of dentures permanently.
Not Everyone Is a Candidate
Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for dental implants. In order to get this mini implant procedure, patients must be healthy, have a strong immune system and appropriate bone structure. Good oral hygiene is also a must for mini implants.
About the Process
When you get the mini implant procedure, you can expect these teeth to look and function just like your natural teeth. Although they are synthetic, they are made from biocompatible materials, such as ceramic or metal. In order to place these mini implants, surgery is required. Upon completion of the mini implant procedure, it will take a period of time for the bone to build up around the titanium post and anchor the false tooth in place. You may have the post placed at one appointment and then return at a future date for the placement of the tooth.
Patients can expect to undergo anesthesia prior to the surgery. Antibiotics may also be necessary to prevent infection after the surgery. Once the mini implants are placed, proper dental care is required to keep them in good shape for years to come.
Visit Dr. Bozena A. Kryzak to find out if you qualify for the mini dental implant surgery. We provide these services to patients in Jefferson Park and Chicago, IL.