Mini Dental Implants
Mini Dental Implants
For the first time, we can replace missing/cracked teeth with implant supported and cemented in as little as one visit. The mini dental implant procedure is a much less involved process than conventional dental implants. For this reason, the procedure can usually be completed in one simple, straight forward appointment. Patients are also less discomforted during this procedure as no flaps or sutures are required. No major oral surgery with long healing times is needed.
With mini dental implants, we can stabilize or repair your dentures. And if you are not comfortable with removable dentures, mini dental implants can be used to anchor cemented crowns and bridges.Also, placing mini dental implants helps preserve the bone and prevents some of the effects of bone loss on your appearance and function.
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especially along the gumline and between teeth that are crooked or crowded. If plaque is not removed within about 48 hours after it forms, it begins to calcify into tartar, a hard substance that cannot be removed with brushing or flossing. However, your dental hygienist can remove these stubborn deposits with a special instrument Having tartar removed can help prevent gum disease and keep the earliest stages of the condition (gingivitis) from progressing to the more advanced and irreversible stages (periodontitis).
The Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a progressive condition with three stages:
Plaque contains numerous strains of bacteria, many of which can irritate the gums and cause them to swell and bleed. This is the first stage of gum disease and is completely reversible. A thorough professional cleaning coupled with vigilant cleaning techniques at home, which your dental hygienist will demonstrate for you, will usually restore your gum tissues to optimal health.
This stage of gum disease occurs when tartar along the gumline breaks the attachment of the gums to the teeth, causing bone loss and periodontal pockets.
These openings between the gums and teeth trap food particles and bacteria that damage the structures holding the teeth in place. A therapeutic (deep) cleaning by your hygienist or dentist, which involves removing bacteria from the periodontal and root surfaces so that the gums can reattach to them, can help prevent more damage. Antibiotic therapy and antimicrobial rinses are also used in some cases to help control the infection.
In this third stage of periodontal disease, the gums, periodontal ligaments and bone sustain so much damage that the teeth may begin to loosen. In the advanced stages, your hygienist cannot help you. You need more aggressive treatments from a Periodontist, such as laser surgery and bone or gum tissue grafts to help prevent tooth loss.