Mini Implants Can Solve Big Issues

Missing teeth are a far-too-common problem in the United States. More than half of American adults will lose at least one tooth in their lives.

But it doesn’t always stop there, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. 

Nearly 1 in 5 adults (19 percent) over the age of 65 are considered edentulous. This means they are missing every tooth in at least one row of their mouths. Many have lost every single tooth.

Losing your teeth can have tremendous impact both on your quality of life and your self-esteem.

Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., F.A.G.D. & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S. don’t want their patients to lose any of those things. This is why we offer dental implants, including mini implants, for patients who visit our Fredericksburg, VA, dentist office.

The Deeper Problems With Tooth Loss

You can probably understand how losing an entire row of teeth or all of your teeth would make your life more difficult.

Chewing your food would be practically impossible. Rather than enjoying a juicy steak, buttery corn on the cob, or chips and salsa, you may be stuck eating pureed foods.

You probably don’t remember eating baby food, but your diet may return to those mushy kinds of foods if you lose all your teeth.

We know that losing your teeth can take an emotional toll on people as well. You may feel too embarrassed to smile when people want to talk to you. You may be ashamed if your tooth loss is a result of poor oral hygiene.

From a physical standpoint, your missing teeth are just the start of your problems.

Your teeth did more than just allow you to eat and smile. They also interacted with your jawbone. Whenever you bit into something, the roots of your teeth pressed into the bone.

Your jawbone responded to that pressure with the growth of new cells. That new growth kept your jawbone healthy and strong.

Without your teeth, your jawbone has nothing to encourage that growth. Instead, you will lose bone density, and over time, your face may begin to sink in on itself.

How Dental Implants Can Help

Dental implants are the best option to replace any missing tooth or teeth in your mouth.

Implants replace the missing roots of your tooth. When they are placed into your bone, they provide the same kind of stimulation that your roots did.

Dental implants can be used to support dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.

But there is an important “if” that goes with that statement.

Implants can only be placed in your mouth if you have enough bone mass to hold them in place.

This is one of the reasons we encourage patients to consider dental implants sooner rather than later.

Another Option

We understand that this could be discouraging, especially if you lost all of your teeth years ago.

You may be able to receive a bone graft to add bone density where it is needed to support a set of dental implants. This is an added expense, and you will need time to heal from this procedure before your implants can be placed.

Thankfully, you have an alternative. If you do not have the bone structure to support traditional dental implants, you may be able to receive mini implants instead.

Mini implants have a smaller diameter. As a result, they can be placed in patients who would not have enough bone to support traditional implants.

Mini implants do not require any extra procedures, and they can provide you with many of the same benefits as other dental implants. A series of mini implants can be used to support a set of dentures, for example.

What does this mean for you on a practical level?

Well, you may not be able to regrow bone that you’ve already lost, but you may be able to reduce or prevent future bone loss.

You will be able to eat solid and chewy foods again because of the support the mini implants can provide for your dentures.

And you may find that you feel more confident knowing that your dentures are more secure thanks to your mini implants.

It’s Not Too Late

Even if you lost your teeth years ago, you shouldn’t resign yourself to soup and mashed potatoes for the rest of your life. If you live in or near Fredericksburg, VA, talk to our dentists to find out if mini implants could give you back your bite and your smile.

Call (540) 369-4926 or fill out our online form to make an appointment with Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., F.A.G.D. or Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S.