Though they’re relatively new compared to more conventional tooth replacement options, dental implants have helped people rebound from tooth loss for several decades. Over the years, the materials, technologies, and techniques involved in dental implant placement and restoration have evolved in several important ways. For example, many tooth loss patients today can enjoy even further benefits by choosing smaller-than-typical dental implant posts. Known as small-diameter dental implants, these can often help make the overall dental implant treatment process much more convenient and less invasive.
How dental implants are designed to work
The difference between dental implant restorations and traditional ones are the root-like implant posts that support them. A dental implant is designed to mimic a healthy, natural tooth root, which requires it to be placed within your jawbone structure. After its placement, the post will become a permanent part of your jawbone structure, as the bone will fuse to the post as it heals. With the implant post securely in place, it can provide more lifelike support for your custom dental crown, bridge, or denture (depending on how many teeth need to be replaced).
Considerations with dental implant placement
The process by which your natural jawbone structure fuses to biocompatible dental implant posts is known as osseointegration, and it’s the key to how dental implants restore your smile. However, it’s also why some patients may not be able to immediately receive dental implant posts, particularly if they’ve lost a significant amount of bone mass and density following the loss of their teeth roots. For osseointegration to succeed, and for your dental ridge to adequately support the implants, you may require jawbone grafting to strengthen the dental ridge. Or, you may benefit from dental implants that are smaller in diameter and, therefore, may not require as much bone mass and density to be successfully placed.
The advantages in using small-diameter dental implants
The placement of dental implants is more complex than the placement of a traditional dental bridge or denture, but the advantages are also much more comprehensive. Replacing your lost teeth roots with dental implants can restore many of the vital functions that traditional restorations can’t, including keeping your dental ridges healthy by stimulating a healthy flow of nutrient-rich blood to them. Patients who benefit most from small-diameter dental implants are those who can enjoy the advantages of dental implants without needing prerequisite treatment, such as jawbone grafting.
Benefit from small-diameter dental implants
To help ensure optimal results and minimally invasive treatment for all patients, we may recommend small-diameter dental implant posts to support your custom restoration. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.