The advent of dental implants has been a game changer in the world of tooth restoration. Now, instead of your only choices for remedying a missing tooth (or teeth) being devices like dentures and bridges, you have a treatment option that’s safe, permanent, and secure.
The tiny titanium post that is your implant doesn’t just simulate your tooth root, it becomes one, because over time it actually fuses to your own bone. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a whole set, and they provide a strong foundation for any tooth prosthetic, from crowns to dentures. These features make implants an ideal choice for many.
At A Caring Dental Practice in Cleveland, Ohio, Benedict Kim, DDS, and our team of experts have embraced an innovative type of implant to offer patients — the Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® mini implant. What makes this implant different and, in Dr. Kim’s judgement, far superior to standard implants, is that its inventor, Dr. Todd Shatkin, found a way to perform the implant procedure in a single visit rather than several and make it less invasive.
The risks that missing teeth pose
The statistic is staggering: About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and about 40 million have lost every one of their teeth! Whether you’ve suffered tooth loss through gum disease, tooth decay, or a traumatic injury, it’s best not to let the gaps in your mouth linger. A wide range of problems can develop when you’re missing teeth:
- Decreased chewing ability
- Speech problems
- Facial drooping or asymmetry
- Bone loss
- Exposed gum infection
As if these problems weren’t enough to make you want to get your tooth replaced promptly, the fact that gaps between your teeth can induce shifting should motivate you to seek a sound solution.
Dental implants aren’t just curative, they’re preventive
We favor dental mini implants as a solution for many patients, not only because they solve the issues brought on by missing teeth, like supporting clearer speech and enabling you to chew your food properly and completely. These implants can protect you from more serious problems down the road.
With an implant, you won’t have to worry about an embarrassing slip-up with your dentures, encountering problems maintaining proper oral hygiene practices, and, most importantly, suffering from bone loss.
How can my dental implant safeguard my jawbone?
Dental implants do two very positive things for your jawbone. Your jawbone tissue needs to be stimulated regularly to keep it strong, and this happens with your natural teeth when you chew. When you’re missing teeth, however, there’s a decline in your tissue (resorption), and the problem of your teeth shifting becomes a reality.
Because an implant behaves just like a natural tooth, it not only strengthens and builds your jawbone because that void is filled with a stable tooth replacement, but any shifting of your teeth becomes an impossibility.
Most people think of pretty much any other bone when they consider maintaining bone strength, from their spine to their wrists, but your jawbone is a key to your oral health, your facial appearance, and your dazzling smile.
What’s the dental mini implant process like?
You’ll be amazed at how simple and patient-friendly this process is! We lightly sedate you before the minimally invasive procedure, and your dentist efficiently and quickly places the implant directly into your jawbone — believe it or not, you don’t receive a single stitch. Then your prosthetic is placed, and you’re done!
If you’ve fretted about the discomfort of the implant procedure itself and the possibility of a lengthy recovery period, worry no further. Dr. Kim and his team will restore your smile by employing the best treatment option available, and you’ll understand we come by the name of our practice naturally.
Call our office to schedule a consultation about dental mini implants, or book an appointment online today. You very well may be the perfect candidate for a mini implant!