Dental implants are used to treat tooth loss. The type of restorations attached to implants will depend on the amount of implants embedded into the jaw and their sizes. For instance, one dental implant can be used for single tooth replacement by holding a crown while a group of mini dental implants can hold a bridge or full arch of teeth.
Regardless of size, dental implants – including mini dental implants – are very durable. This is because implants eventually become integrated with the body after bone in the jaw fuses to them. Once stabilized by bone, an implant can function like the roots of teeth for decades, if not longer.
What makes dental implants durable?
Dental implants are durable for two reasons. First, they become integrated with the body after bone fuses to their metal components. Second, they are made from the biocompatible metal titanium. Bone fuses to implants just as it would with other hard, mineralized tissue. This phenomenon, known as osseointegration, is a biologic process that anchors titanium to bone mass. This makes titanium a suitable replacement for the roots of teeth along with other hard tissue like knees, vertebrae, and hips.
How exactly are mini dental implants used?
Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter than dental implants used for single tooth replacement. Although they are smaller, a series of them will be placed in very strategic locations in the jaw so that more extensive prosthetics like dentures can be supported. By placing smaller implants throughout the jaw, they can withstand force associated with holding a full arch of teeth during oral function.
How long do implants last?
Since implants are rooted in the jawbone and are made from disease-resistant metal, they can last for decades. The longevity of a dental implant depends on the health of oral tissue surrounding it. In most cases, dental implants can last as long as the surrounding bone and gums are healthy.
Our oral surgeons place conventional dental implants and mini dental implants. If you think this tooth replacement method might benefit you, we recommend scheduling a consultation at our practice.