Am I a Candidate for Mini Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium tooth root that is surgically put in the jaw. The dentist then mounts a replacement porcelain tooth on the root.

Dental implants are perfect for filling the spaces after permanent teeth loss. Mini implants are good for replacing single teeth. They require less bone structure to attach. They are also perfect for people who don’t have other underlying dental problems. Here are the people who are eligible for mini implants.

If You Have Less Bone Density

Unlike conventional dental implants, mini implants do not require dense bone grafts. Mini implants are shorter and wider. They fit in perfectly for people who have less bone density. Their different and agile shape gives them an advantage.

If You Have a Single Tooth to Replace

Mini implants are perfect for replacing single teeth. They are minimally invasive compared to conventional dental implants. Some implants need long processes involving a bone graft. This is both invasive and expensive. Mini implants have the same success rate, but with less pain. Healing for a single tooth is a lot easier compared to healing a series of teeth.

If You Have a Healthy Dental Palate

Healthy gums are a must if you want to have mini implants. Patients with a history of periodontal disease are better off with conventional implants. If you have receding gums, then mini implants may not be good for you. Your gum and the soft tissue in your mouth must be in good health.

You Must Not Have Diabetes

Unfortunately, hyperglycemia is the largest contribution of implant failure. Having uncontrolled diabetes removes you from the mini implant list. Diabetes puts you at a higher risk of infections. Having metals in your gum is a risk that you should not take.

Don’t Be a Radiation Patient

Dental implants that are placed in the bone may be affected by radiation. If you are a patient of oral cancer, metallic dental implants are not for you. If you have had radiation treatment on the neck and head, you are also not eligible for dental implants.

Don’t Have a Weak Immune System

The process of installing dental implants can take a toll on a weak immune system. Patients with weak immunity are at a high risk of contracting an infection. The implant site can get infected if it takes too long to heal. Your immunity needs to be in a good place when you get dental implants.

Don’t Have an Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases cause the immune system to attack body cells by mistaking them for intruders. Some are triggered by environmental factors and some are triggered by genetic triggers. Metal implants can trigger autoimmune symptoms. They can cause inflammation at the site of the implant, making it more difficult to heal. Some people can develop severe allergic reactions to dental implants due to an autoimmune disease. It does not always happen, but it is not rare. It is good to consult with your physician so that you can do the pros and cons of getting mini implants.

To understand more about dental implants, visit Smile Center at our offices in Delaware or Worthington, Ohio. You can also call 740-306-0099 or 614-350-7446 to talk to any of our dental professionals.