Dental bridges and dental implants are both natural looking options for replacing multiple teeth. However, each has its pros and cons. Here's our Surrey dentist explains more about dental bridges and implants.
At Elgin Corners Dental in Surrey, we offer dental implants. Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental Implants can:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore a patient’s confident smile
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore or enhance facial tissues
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
Mini Dental Implants (MDIs)
Unlike full implant placement where multiple dental visits are required, MDIs eliminate the need for surgery.
MDIs firmly anchor the dental prosthesis, which means there is no longer any need to suffer with ill-fitting, loose dentures. MDIs are designed to eliminate bone grafting and expedite treatment. The smaller size of MDIs means that no recovery period is necessary, and the denture can be fitted the same day.
Advantages of MDIs:
- Clearer speech
- Easier chewing and biting
- Easier cleaning
- Firmer denture fit
- Less discomfort
- No cutting or sutures
- No need for adhesives
- Permanent results
- Quick treatment time
- Reduced costs
How are mini dental implants placed?
The whole mini dental implant placement procedure takes approximately one hour. Generally, in the case of lower jaw implants, four MDIs will be placed about 5mm apart. Prior to inserting MDIs, the dentist will use many diagnostic and planning tools to find the optimal place to implant them.
In almost all cases, no stitching is required and no real discomfort is felt after the procedure.