For most people, the loss of one or more teeth is devastating, leading to a lack of confidence, trouble chewing and speaking, and declining oral health. However, if you’ve lost one or more teeth for any reason, you do have options. Dr. John Krueger and his staff at The Clear Water Dentist are skilled in restorative dentistry, including the placement of both root form implants and mini implants.
Dr. Krueger performs the majority of implant procedures in-house; however, some cases that require advanced restorations or bone grafting may require a referral. Dr. Krueger insists on the very best care for every single patient, so he only refers his patients to trusted professionals who provide top-of-the-line dental implant surgery in the Palm Harbor and Largo areas. The total treatment time for dental implants will depend on your customized plan.
Root Form Implants
Root form implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure begins with the placement of a small titanium post into the jawbone. Once implanted, the post is given time to fuse with the jaw through a process called osseointegration. The titanium post serves as an artificial tooth root to which a crown or bridge can be secured via a metal stud.
Dental implants have a high success rate and serve as a more comfortable and stable alternative to traditional restorations such as removable dentures. With implant-supported dentures, you will experience the freedom and control of having a mouth full of strong, healthy teeth, as opposed to removable appliances that can slip or shift, making eating and speaking difficult. Implants also halt the inevitable bone loss that can result from missing teeth, a benefit unique to implant dentistry.
Just a few examples demonstrating the many benefits of dental implants are:
- Longevity - With proper dental hygiene, implants are likely to last for decades, and possibly even a lifetime.
- Oral health - While traditional bridges are secured to surrounding natural teeth, implants are surgically placed in the jawbone so that restorations do not rely on adjacent teeth for support.
- Natural look and feel - Once placed, dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth and offer the same functionality.
For patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, implants can be an essential addition to their smile makeover. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile and are missing one or more teeth, dental implants will provide you with results of unsurpassed quality, both aesthetically and in terms of function.
Mini Dental Implants
Clearwater Dentistry also offers mini implants. While mini implants are most often used to stabilize lower dentures, they may also be used to support upper dentures in some cases. These implants are approximately half the diameter of root form implants and do not require the same osseointegration period. In fact, for patients with sufficient jawbone density, they can be placed and restored in a single appointment.
The procedure to place mini implants is minimally invasive and healing time is shorter than that associated with standard implants.
If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn whether you are a good candidate for root form or mini dental implants or whether you have the budget for treatment, please contact our dental practice today.