If you have lost a tooth, you’re not alone. Over half of Americans have at least one missing tooth, and about 40 million have lost all their teeth. Luckily, edentulism (tooth loss) is not what it used to be – you now have many options to restore your smile without a trace. For those cases in which you might be looking to replace a single missing tooth, Lifeway Dental is excited to offer dental implants in Boca Raton.
A dental implant is a restorative procedure used to replace a missing tooth with a prosthesis that resembles natural teeth's shape and color. Implants have three components; a screwlike post made of titanium that serves as a tooth root, an abutment that holds the prosthetic tooth in place, and a dental crown that looks like a real tooth.
Implants can also serve as anchors that sustain more substantial restorative treatment like dental bridges or permanent dentures. Recent advancements to dental science have also made mini dental implants possible, which can be freestanding or work alongside your natural teeth.
Mini dental implants are ultra-small diameter (1.8-millimeter width), biocompatible titanium alloy implant screws, conceived and designed over 20 years ago by a dentist, Victor I. Sendax, DDS. Dr. Sendax created this dental product's unique design as a transitional device to help support fixed bridge replacements for lost teeth. His novel theory was that mini implants could function free standing by themselves or in combination with natural tooth supports or larger conventional type dental implants. This was a revolutionary concept in dental science.
Yes. The FDA has deemed the product safe for public use and, in fact, stated its beneficial attributes. The FDA granted its formal consent to market the mini dental implant device not only as a transitional or temporary dental product but significantly, as a long-term item.
When critically needed for support purposes, and where solid bony adaptation (integration) has occurred, mini implants can function as long-term supporting structures rather than as short-term or medium-term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients’ jaws for several decades. In the past several years, some clinicians have been utilizing MDIs for single tooth replacements and in crown and bridge cases.
You now have the choice to restore your smile with an effective procedure that will leave no trace that your teeth were missing in the first place. Trust the expert hands at Lifeway Dental to deliver undeniable results with our dental implants. Contact us today to learn more!