A gap between your teeth, if obvious when you smile or speak, is a cosmetic concern. This gap also may have some health implications including the following:
● Missing teeth may affect your speech. ●
● Missing a molar might not be noticeable when you talk or smile, but its absence can affect chewing. ●
● When a tooth is removed, the biting force on the remaining teeth begins to change. As the bite changes to compensate for the lost tooth, there is a risk of extra pressure and discomfort on the jaw joints, which may lead to temporomandibular disorder (TMD). ●
● If a missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth can shift. Harmful plaque and tartar can collect in new, hard-to-reach places created by the shifting teeth. Over time,this may lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. ●
● Bone loss can occur in the region of the missing tooth. ●
Mini-dental-implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This reduced size offers many benefits and can also be used in situations where regular implants cannot. If an implant needs to be placed in a narrow space, mini-implants are the preferred method because of their smaller size.
A main use for mini-implants is to install a full upper or lower denture. A series of 4-6 mini-implants are placed along the gum line and serve as the base of the denture. Rather than placing a single implant for a single tooth, an entire lower or upper set of teeth are directly attached to the gum line.
The small size of mini-implants often means that no incision needs to be made to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period and the restoration can usually be placed right away or only a short time after.
Mini-implants are also less expensive than regular implants. Only your dentist knows if mini implants are right for you,so call for your consultation.