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Your smile is an important part of who you are. It lets other people know a lot about you.

Surveys have shown that people with nice smiles are considered friendlier, more intelligent, and more trustworthy. That means your smile can make a difference when you are trying to make a good first impression.

But what if you are missing teeth? Would you be as willing to smile? Would it make you hesitant to introduce yourself to a potential client, to go on a job interview, or to go on a date?

If so, then you should call 972-380-8105 or contact us online. By scheduling an appointment at 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, you can learn what mini dental implants could do for you.

They may be small, but they can make a huge difference in how secure your teeth replacements are.

Why We Recommend Dental Implants

Before we can explain why you might want mini implants, we first need to explain the benefits of standard dental implants.

Modern dental implants were developed in the 1960s by a Swedish physician, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Implants were created to replace the roots of missing teeth. They could be used to support dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.

These implants were made of titanium because Dr. Brånemark discovered that bone would bond directly to titanium. He even coined a term for this process — osseointegration.

When these implants are placed into the jaw, the bone holds them securely in place, which also makes teeth replacements stronger and more stable.

At the same time, having implants also prevents the kind of bone loss that typically occurs when someone loses teeth. This loss can continue if teeth replacements are not anchored to the bone in some way. This is part of the reason most people with traditional dentures need to replace them on a regular basis.

With implants to hold your replacement teeth in place, you will have something that looks, feels, and functions just like natural teeth once again.

When You May Need Mini Implants

You probably already realize that mini implants are smaller than standard implants. So when would this be an advantage?

If you have been without teeth for years, your bone tissue has decreased in that time. As we noted, getting dentures or a dental bridge won’t be enough to prevent this bone loss — unless they are being held in place by implants.

As your bone shrinks, your dentures can become looser and more likely to slip out of place. Eating becomes more and more difficult over time. Speaking can become a bigger problem as well when you don’t know when your “teeth” will slip out again.

If you wait too long to get dental implants, you may not have enough bone to support them. This is one time when mini implants can save the day.

Because of their smaller size, mini implants can fit in places that standard implants won’t. You will happy to know that mini implants can do the same things as their larger counterparts.

If you are missing a single tooth, you can place a dental crown on a mini implant. If you are missing multiple teeth, a few mini implants could secure your dental bridge.

And if you are missing an entire row of teeth, mini implants can make a world of difference with your dentures.

Mini implants won’t allow you to regrow bone tissue that you have lost, but they can prevent continued bone loss in most cases.

Why You Might Prefer Mini Implants

Believe it or not, even if you don’t need mini implants, you still might want to get them.

We’ve already pointed out that mini implants can do what standard implants can.

However, since mini implants are smaller, the procedure to place them is less invasive. As a result, you can recover in less time after mini implants are placed in your jaw. And that means you can enjoy the benefits of your implant-supported dentures, bridges, or crowns sooner as well.

From a financial standpoint, mini implants typically cost less than standard implants. This may not be the primary consideration when deciding on the best long-term investment in your mouth, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Smile Big Again With Mini Implants

Your mini implants can give you a reason to smile again. That’s in addition to the functional benefits of having secure, stable, and strong teeth replacements from 1st In Smiles.

If you would like to learn more about mini implants or any of our teeth replacement options, call 972-380-8105 or contact us online for an appointment at our Plano, TX, dentist office.