A solid, permanent solution for missing teeth is implant dentistry. Dental implants come in many different forms. There are subperiosteal implants, ramus frames, blades, and root form implants. The subperiosteal implant is mostly used for areas where the bone is not of sufficient height to accommodate root form implants, and is mostly used in shrunken lower jaws. The ramus frame and blade implants are mostly used in the lower back jaw when the patient is not an ideal candidate for advanced bone grafting techniques or the doctor is proficient with this procedure and offers it as an option. The most common type of implants used most of the time are root form implants that mimic the root of the tooth.
Any implant with a diameter less than three millimeters is considered a mini-implant. An implant needs to be surrounded on all sides by bone if it is to have the best chance of surviving over a long time. Historically, many implants were small because patients had lost bone as a result of extractions and/or wearing fixed or removable dentures.
As the ability to grow (graft ) new bone has increased, the need for smaller implants may decrease. Initially, smaller implants were considered temporary implants to stabilize temporary teeth until the larger implants had a chance to integrate with the bone. The mini-implants were then removed and new dentures attached to the larger implants.
Implants In Our Office
In our office, we use several systems of implants, depending on the results we are trying to achieve. Sometimes we have to do extractions, bone grafts, root canals, fillings, or gum treatments; place implants; or place transitional appliances all during the same visit. If the case warrants it, we can use mini-implants to hold initial appliances securely until the long-term implants heal. We also offer All-On-4 implants.
A lot of prior planning goes into providing these treatments for combination cases.
Some patients who live a long distance from the office or even in another state can have a CT scan made and the results e-mailed to us, so we can do the virtual surgery and have all the supplies needed to perform the procedures before they arrive at our office.
Learn more about implant dentistry by calling us at 336-841-0000.