Standard Implants

Dental implants can be a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth. Implants are also excellent for stabilizing loose, floppy dentures and almost all lower dentures are loose and floppy!

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where it is placed into the jaw bone. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can usually have temporary crowns placed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Your smile will look just like it used to and the implant will feel just like one of your own teeth after a short period of time.

Mini Implants

Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This offers many benefits, and they can also be used in situations where regular implants cannot. If an implant needs to be placed in a narrow space, mini implants are the preferred method because of their smaller size.

A main use for mini implants is to stabilize a full upper or lower denture. A series of mini implants (4-6) are placed along the gum line and the denture is fitted with attachments which snap over the implants for retention. The small size of mini implants often means that no incision needs to be made to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period, and the restoration can usually be placed right away or only a short time after.  One of the main disadvantages of mini implants is that they are not as strong as regular sized implants and , therefore, can not withstand as much chewing  force. 

Mini implants are also  require less  investment than regular implants. However, they are not right for every situation, so call for your evaluation today.

Bone Grafting

For implants: Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. Furthermore, bone is also lost during an extraction (sometimes this effect can be minimalized by what is called a socket preservation procedure). This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, a patient may not be a candidate for placement of dental implants.

We now have the ability to grow bone where needed in some circumstances by use of a bone graft. This gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width and it also gives us a chance to more effectively restore esthetic appearance and functionality. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient’s own body or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. The graft not only replaces missing bone, but also helps your body to regenerate its own bone. Over time your own newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material.

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John E. Regan, DDS, MAGD

650 Cherry Street Huntington, IN 46750