How Full Sized and Mini Dental Implants Improve Oral Health

Tooth loss can be devastating to a patient’s oral health. That is why our San Francisco dentists provide tooth replacement options for patients of many ages.

Today we are going to be discussing how dental implants are used in restorative dentistry. As always, please feel free to contact our dental team if you have any questions after reading this article.

Dental implant technology, in general, is unique, because it allows our dentist to permanently embed your replacement teeth into your jawbone. Dental implant “tooth roots” (which are always made of titanium) are inserted into the gum and jawbone tissue, to hold the replacement teeth in place.

Full-sized dental implants are used to build individual replacement teeth. So, when you lose a tooth, your dentist can place a dental implant root into the blank space in your gum and jawbone tissue. Then, the titanium root is capped with a piece called an abutment, and finally, a dental crown. The final replacement tooth, as whole, looks like a complete, natural tooth.

Mini dental implants, on the other hand, are usually used to anchor larger prosthetics, like dentures. Your dentist will insert a few dental implants at strategic spots along your gum line. The bottom of your denture will be retrofitted to lock into place over the top of the mini implant roots. Once your denture is in place, it will stay in your mouth 24/7. Mini dental implants greatly improve the comfort and stability of dentures for patients.

Some patients benefit from conventional dental implants, others from mini dental implants, and still others from a mixture of both. Our San Francisco dental implant dentists will be able to walk you through your treatment options, and help you pick the perfect restorative measure for you, personally. Give us a call, or use the “contact us” page on our website in order to get started!