The importance of having healthy teeth can’t be overstated. Idioms such as “by the skin of your teeth,” “long in the tooth,” or “lying through your teeth” showcase how deeply ingrained they are in our language and metaphors. Your teeth can be a telltale sign of age and overall health, while your smile (or lack thereof) is often the first feature people look at for insight into your mood or well-being. Our society values a complete, healthy smile. That means you may feel self-conscious or insecure when you have missing teeth. At Esparza Dentistry, we understand how tooth loss can affect daily life. That’s why we offer various tooth replacement solutions.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
Tooth loss can stem from various causes, ranging from dental issues and trauma to systemic health conditions. This common occurrence affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds, impacting their oral health, appearance, and sometimes overall well-being.
- Gum disease: Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that targets the soft tissues around your teeth, posing a significant threat if left untreated. The condition can deteriorate the jawbone, resulting in teeth becoming loose and eventually leading to tooth loss.
- Cavities: Cavities or dental caries are holes formed within teeth due to decay. Cavities occur when acids in the mouth gradually erode the hard outer layer of the tooth, known as enamel. It’s a common issue that can affect anyone. While consistent oral hygiene practices and routine dental cleanings are effective preventive measures against cavities, untreated decay can lead to tooth loss or extraction.
- Trauma or injury: Major injuries to the mouth or face can lead to significant damage to the teeth, sometimes resulting in tooth loss. In serious accidents, teeth can be dislodged or damaged to an extent where extraction might be necessary. Even severe cracks or chips in teeth can compromise dental health, potentially leading to infections or other complications. These cases may require us to remove the tooth to maintain oral health.
- Chronic illness: People have a higher risk of tooth loss if they have chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease.
Many adults in the United States face dental issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, or tooth loss. That is why we offer dental implant solutions to assist patients in restoring their smiles.
Missing Teeth? We Have Solutions!
Our practice often utilizes mini dental implants as a tooth replacement solution for our patients. Understanding the effectiveness of mini dental implants involves recognizing their differences from traditional dental implants. Mini implants, less than 3 millimeters in diameter, are half the size of traditional implants. As a result of their narrow size, they offer unique advantages.
Traditional implants feature a large metal screw and a separate piece that attaches your prosthetic to the implant. While these implants provide strong support, they require more invasive procedures, a longer treatment process, and multiple appointments. Additionally, their size often mandates bone grafting surgery to strengthen the jawbone, extending the treatment timeline. Traditional implants might not be suitable for individuals with bone loss who are seeking efficient and minimally invasive tooth replacements.
Despite their small size, mini implants possess remarkable strength and can support various prostheses.
The Best Answer for Missing Teeth
Mini dental implants offer remarkable versatility in addressing diverse tooth loss issues. Their adaptability extends across different tooth replacement needs, making them an ideal choice for numerous dental solutions. Mini implants can be used to support the following restorations:
- Crown: Patients often underestimate the risks of delaying tooth replacement, which can cause teeth to shift and heighten the likelihood of gum infections. Thanks to the simplified design of mini implants, we can replace a missing tooth with a crown in just one brief visit.
- Implant-supported bridge: A bridge can replace one or more teeth in a row. Unlike a traditional bridge supported by healthy natural teeth, an implant bridge is anchored by mini implants. This approach is beneficial when existing teeth lack the strength to support the appliance.
- Dentures: Implant dentures provide a secure alternative to traditional full dentures and are available in removable, semi-removable, and non-removable versions. Anchored onto the dental implants, these dentures do not need adhesives or suction to remain in place. By mimicking natural tooth roots, the implants provide the necessary strength to your jaw for normal functionality.