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Mini Implant Bridges: A Conservative Solution

May 9, 2010
Posted By: Dr. Roberto Monteagudo
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Do you have one or more missing teeth in a row? This problem can negatively impact oral function, as well as self-confidence. Traditionally, dentists replace the teeth with a fixed bridge. A bridge consists of prosthetic teeth in a row, attached to crowns on either end. The crowns are called abutment crowns, and they attach to healthy abutment teeth on either side of the space left by missing teeth. In some cases, the natural abutment teeth are not strong enough or healthy enough to retain a bridge long term. In other situations, patients don’t want to crown healthy teeth to hold a bridge in place. Dr. Monteagudo offers Mini Dental Implant bridges as an alternative to the traditional crown and bridge.

Mini Dental Implants Process

Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) are very small, biocompatible screws placed into a few sockets where teeth are missing. The procedure does not require flap surgery because the unique design of MDIs allows for insertion into the jaw, directly through the gum tissue. Because the screws are made of biocompatible material, jawbone tissue naturally integrates with them to create a solid anchor for securing a bridge.

Dr. Monteagudo simply attaches a bridge to the few implant posts. The appliance, like a traditional bridge, is fixed, so it is not removable. Mini implant bridges are a reliable and conservative alternative to a traditional bridge. They can postpone the need for a removable prosthetic, as well.

If you would like to reclaim your quality of life, optimal oral function, and a full set of teeth for a beautiful smile, call Dr. Monteagudo in West Allis to reserve a consultation. He’ll meet with you, review your records, then discuss practical, lasting options to replace your missing teeth. Your case is unique, so only after a thorough evaluation can Dr. Monteagudo suggest the appropriate prosthetic. Call today – because you deserve a dependable, beautiful, and healthy smile!

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