For patients who are missing teeth, dental implants can provide unparalleled stability for restorations and unique benefits to your oral health. However, in order to qualify for traditional implants, patients must have enough jawbone volume to support the surgically embedded posts. Thanks to advancements in implant dentistry, Dr. Clark Damon can use smaller mini dental implants to provide patients in Amarillo, TX, with a lifetime of support for permanent restorations, even if their jawbones have started to recede. Contact Dr. Damon's office today to schedule your consultation and learn more about the unique features of mini dental implants.
Advantages of Mini Dental Implants
If you have been told that you do not have enough healthy bone volume to be a candidate for traditional dental implants, you may still be eligible for mini implants. Mini implants can be particularly effective for geriatric patients, since jawbone degeneration often accelerates with age. Mini implants have a smaller diameter than traditional types, so your treatment will involve minimal discomfort and a relatively quick recovery time. In many cases, we can provide you with a temporary restoration on the day of your surgery, so you can enjoy full dental function as the implants heal.
After the posts have fused with your natural bone over the course of four to six months, you will return to our office and Dr. Damon will attach your permanent crown, bridge, or denture securely to your implants. Once in place, you can eat, speak, and smile without fear that your restoration will be damaged or slip out of place. In addition, mini dental implants — like traditional types — will help to prevent jawbone degeneration and support your overall oral health. This type may also be a good solution if you are on a budget, since these smaller restorations often cost less than traditional implants.
Am I a Candidate for Mini Dental Implants?
Since mini implants are smaller than traditional types, you may qualify for these restorations even if you have lost significant bone volume. When you visit our office for a consultation, Dr. Damon will use computed tomography (CT) scans to examine the structure of your jaw and evaluate your candidacy for mini implants.
Dr. Damon understands the important connection between oral and physical health, so he will also review your overall well-being to determine if you are healthy enough for oral surgery. Conditions such as a weakened immune system or significant dental decay may preclude you from receiving implants. Evaluating your overall health will also help Dr. Damon identify the safest method of sedation for you. Despite their various advantages, mini dental implants are not right for everyone. Dr. Damon will review your unique situation during a consultation and determine the most effective restorative treatment for you.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Damon
Even if you have been missing teeth for a significant amount of time, you may still be eligible for mini dental implants. To find out if mini dental implants are right for you or your loved one, schedule an appointment at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center today.