If you have undergone the painful experience of losing a tooth through an accident or as a result of tooth decay or gum disease you should get it replaced as a matter of urgency. Eating, drinking and talking can become more difficult and you might find that you are embarrassed about your smile. Your cheeks can begin to sag and your remaining teeth might start to shift into the gaps left behind. A long term solution to tooth loss is getting a mini implant placed in your jaw to house a replacement.
Mini implants are basically a substitute for the root part of your missing tooth. They are made of titanium, an extremely durable yet lightweight metal that is perfectly suited to your mouth. A replacement tooth can then be screwed into the socket which will eventually fuse with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration.
An x-ray or CT scan will be necessary so that your dentist can find out exactly where the mini implant needs to be placed. Then the area will be cleaned of debris and a small incision will be made in the gum. It is into this incision that the mini implant will be placed, tight against the jaw bone to aid the osseointegration process. As the area is healing, you will most likely wear a temporary denture.
Your permanent replacement denture can be attached to the mini implant once the area is healed. The replacement teeth attached to mini implants are extremely natural looking and can be treated just like normal teeth. They truly represent a life long solution to lost teeth and will not slip and become messy like removable dentures. If you require more information about mini implants, contact your City of London dentist today.