To successfully replace your lost teeth roots and support your custom restoration, dental implants should be a lot of things – biocompatible, durable, comfortable, and expertly placed, to name just a few. Yet, not many people consider how big or small their dental implant posts should be, or why that matters to their overall dental implant treatment plan. Today, we examine why some people can benefit more from small-diameter dental implants, including why they may be beneficial and what they can help you avoid in the course of your dental implant treatment.
Considerations before dental implant placement
Whether or not you can benefit from small-diameter dental implants depends largely on certain considerations surrounding your tooth loss and replacement. For example, losing teeth and their roots can have several impacts on your jawbone structure that, collectively, can make it weaker and smaller in size. This might also occur if a portion of your jawbone structure has eroded due to a chronic concern, such as periodontal disease (the most frequent cause of tooth loss). The strength and integrity of your jawbone is a main consideration in choosing small-diameter dental implants, as the smaller posts may be placed more conservatively in the affected bone structure.
How small-diameter dental implants work
As their name suggests, small-diameter dental implants are designed to be thinner than traditional dental implants, but are made from the same biocompatible titanium and placed in the same manner. The smaller diameter of the dental implant posts means that they don’t require as much healthy jawbone structure to accept and support them as traditional implant posts. The healthy bone structure around the small-diameter dental implants will heal to their surfaces and the posts can effectively absorb your bite’s pressure while supporting your restoration. Yet, because they smaller, they may help you avoid the need to strengthen your jawbone structure before receiving your dental implants and restoration.
The minimally invasive nature of smaller implants
With traditional dental implant posts, the loss of your jawbone’s mass and density may need to be addressed with an appropriate bone grafting procedure, such as ridge augmentation or a sinus lift. These involve grafting donor bone structure to lower or upper dental ridges (respectively) to replace the mass and density that it has lost. However, small-diameter dental implants may help make your dental implant treatment process more minimally invasive by helping you avoid the need for jawbone grafting before dental implant placement.
Learn if you can benefit from small-diameter implants
Using small-diameter dental implant posts may help you enjoy the benefits of dental implants in a more minimally invasive manner. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.