It’s a fact: Many people in this country face the unfortunate loss of one or more teeth.
Missing teeth don’t just cause problems when it comes to chewing food, but they will more than likely lead to the loss of even more teeth. In addition, tooth loss can have a devastating effect on a person’s self-confidence, making it uncomfortable to smile, laugh, and speak.
It’s another fact that in many situations, the best, longest-lasting option for replacing missing teeth is a dental implant that has been fitted with a crown.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a substitute for a tooth root that is missing. Usually made of titanium, the implant is placed straight into the jawbone where the tooth root once was. The artificial tooth—also known as a crown—is placed on the implant, providing a permanent replacement for the missing tooth. The implant integrates over time with the jawbone, not only providing a comfortable replacement for the natural tooth, but also preventing deterioration of the jawbone, which happens when teeth are missing.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, including a full arch if you have lost all your teeth. They offer an option for tooth replacement that most closely mimics that of your natural teeth.
What Is a Mini Implant?
A mini implant is a breakthrough solution that offers a dental implant that is smaller and adheres to the jawbone more quickly. In addition, because of the size difference of the mini implants (standard implants are more than 3 millimeters as opposed to the minis, which are about 1.8 millimeters) the healing process is faster.
Mini implants still provide the same reliability and function as traditional implants.
Who Should Get Dental Implants?
Generally, if you are missing teeth, you are probably a good candidate for dental implants. As long as you don’t have any health issues that might prevent proper healing of the implants and fusion to the bone, you should consider implants.
In some cases, where there has been a significant loss of bone in the jaw, which can make proper placement more challenging or prevent fusion, bone grafting is often a solution. This allows even these patients to successfully have dental implants.
How Are Dental Implants Maintained?
Dental implants and mini implants are maintained just the same as you would maintain your natural teeth: brushing and flossing, along with routine checkups at the dentist. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime!
Why Get Your Dental Implants at Ricard Family Dentistry?
Port St. Lucie dentist Dr. Arturo Ricard, who did a fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantology, is well qualified. He has been placing and restoring dental implants since 2003 and has skill and experience in both single tooth replacement and full mouth rehabilitation. Dr. Ricard also offers implant-supported dentures and mini implants.
In addition, Ricard Family Dentistry is one of the few dental practices anywhere to offer economical all-inclusive pricing on dental implants. You can get one convenient price for any of the needed steps for obtaining dental implants, including extraction, bone grafting, 3-D cone beam technology, implant placement, and crown creation.
Make an Appointment Today
Don’t struggle one more day with missing teeth. Find out if dental implants or mini implants are right for you by calling Ricard Family Dentistry. Make an appointment at either our Fort Pierce or Port St. Lucie location today!