Since they first became mainstream, dental implants have introduced an important level of variation in dental treatment. Their unique ability to replace your lost teeth roots means you have a choice in more lifelike restorations after you’ve lost one or more teeth. Typically, however, there hasn’t been much variation in the dental implant posts themselves. Designed to replace your lost teeth roots, the biocompatible posts have often been similar in their design. Today, however, increasingly more patients are choosing customized, small-diameter dental implants that help them enjoy the benefits of dental implants in a more minimally invasive manner.

Why dental implants matter to your smile

The importance of choosing dental implants to support your replacement tooth or teeth go beyond choosing the newest treatment option in smile restoration. The goal of replacing your lost teeth roots is vital to preserving your long-term oral health in several ways, from optimizing your restoration’s overall function to helping promote stronger, healthier, and sturdier jawbone structure. This is due to dental implants’ ability to reestablish stimulation in your jawbone, the loss of which can cause the bone structure to lose mass and density, becoming weaker and smaller over time.

Tooth loss and your dental implant treatment

When it comes to replacing your lost teeth with dental implants, it’s important to consider all of the long-term impacts that the loss can have on your smile. Your restoration should address all of these impacts, including the loss of your teeth roots. However, many patients don’t choose dental implants immediately, and with a dental restoration that lacks the supportive posts, the stimulation in their jawbones will remain diminished. For patients who exhibit a weaker or less dense jawbone, the use of small-diameter dental implant posts can often be a good idea.

When small-diameter dental implants work best

If your jawbone structure has lost some of its mass and density, then there’s a chance that you may need jawbone grafting before being able to receive traditional dental implant posts. There needs to be sufficient structure available to receive the posts, bond to their surfaces during the healing process, and support them as you bite and chew on your restoration. Small-diameter dental implants can often allow this process to occur within jawbone structure that isn’t as strong as it used to be. This can help you reduce the extent of grafting you need to strengthen the bone structure, or avoid the need for grafting altogether.

Learn if small-diameter implants are right for you

Small-diameter dental implant posts can be beneficial in a number of different ways, especially if you’ve experienced some level of jawbone erosion following the loss of your teeth roots. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.