Regular or mini? Implant dentist in Fort Lauderdale explains the difference
The science behind modern dental implantation began to blossom in the late 1950s, and by the early 1980s dentists in the United States were embracing the technology. Dental implants have continued to evolve, becoming more precise, extremely dependable, and useful in new ways. Dr. Yolanda Cintron, an implant dentist in Fort Lauderdale adds an additional layer of wellness to the procedure with holistic care. She restores smiles using zirconia implants and mini implants.
So, you have a missing tooth . . .
. . . or two, or maybe several. Dental implants could be a permanent solution. A standard dental implant typically has a diameter of 3.75 mm. This size is sufficient to provide a stable base for a crown, even on a molar, which is subjected to a great deal of bite force. Pre-planning is an important part of the process, allowing the dentist to determine precise placement of the implant into the jawbone during a brief surgical procedure. Over the course of a few months, bone fuses with the implant, holding it securely in place (just like the root of a natural tooth). Then, the implant is topped with a beautiful porcelain crown. It looks and feels natural, and restores chewing function.
Traditionally, a titanium metal alloy was used for dental implants. For patients who do not want metal in their mouths, Dr. Cintron offers zirconia implants. Zirconia is a ceramic material, so strong that it is used as a substitute for diamonds in jewelry. It is a good choice for dental implants because zirconia is biocompatible – it does not cause an allergic reaction, and soft and hard tissues of the body readily accept it.
Denture wearers are smiling, too.
Even dentures with exceptional design and fit rely on natural suction to stay in place.Mini dental implants can dramatically improve stability, comfort, chewing function, and confidence.
A mini implant has a smaller diameter (1.8 mm to 3 mm). Using diagnostic imaging tools, mini implants can be placed into tiny pilot holes in the jawbone in a minimally-invasive procedure. Usually four mini-implants are used to secure a denture in the lower arch. These special implants have ball attachments. The implants can be “loaded” the same day as placement, with a denture that snaps into place on the ball-shaped fittings. The denture can be removed, to keep your mouth and appliance sparkling clean.
Dentures designed for use with implant-support are typically lighter and cover less soft tissue in the mouth. In some cases, existing dentures can be retrofitted for use with mini implants. This type of implant may also be a good alternative for long-time denture wearers who lack sufficient bone for traditional implants.
There is much more information about dental implants that Dr. Cintron would like to share with you during a one-on-one consultation. Call the implant dentist Fort Lauderdale trusts for health-conscious advice and great results – Go Natural Dentistry at (855) 381-6001.