Mini Dental Implant
Dental implant technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, giving you more options than ever for replacing missing teeth. Years ago, patients who could not afford traditional dental implants or who lacked the jaw bone density to accommodate an implant were forced to accept loose fitting dentures and partial dentures, or grinding down adjacent teeth to place dental bridges to replace their missing teeth. However, the development of mini dental implants now provides you with a much less invasive, more affordable and more immediate solution to replace missing teeth and stabilizing loose dentures or partials allowing for more confidence and significantly improved chewing.
What are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are smaller versions of traditional titanium dental implants that get inserted into your jaw and will function as a replacement tooth root. The head of the mini implant is forms a shape like a ball and will attach to a set of dentures to make them lock into place. This will make your dentures much more firm and stable, enabling them to withstand the strong forces exerted by chewing and allowing you to put normal chewing pressures on them comfortably.
Dental IMplant vs mini dental implant
Mini implants are much smaller then regular dental implants. Mini dental implants are especially useful in areas of minimal bone thus not requiring grafting.
Benefits of Mini Implants
Mini implants provide you with several important benefits:
- Significantly less expensive than traditional dental implants
- Can be a good alternative for patients who lack the necessary jaw bone thickness to accommodate a traditional implant – this also eliminates the need for a bone graft in patients lacking bone thickness
- Minimally invasive procedure that heals much quicker than traditional implants
- Implant serves as a replacement root which preserves your remaining bone structure
Am I a Candidate for a Mini Dental Implant?
Ideal candidates for a mini dental implant have healthy gum tissue. If you currently suffer from periodontal disease, you must have this condition treated before you can move forward with your mini implants. Other conditions which may rule you out as a candidate include:
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Prior radiation treatments in your jaw
Unlike traditional dental implants, mini implants do not require good jaw bone thickness for placement. In fact, mini implants are an excellent option for patients who lack sufficient bone thickness to accommodate a traditional dental implant.
Mini Dental Implant Procedure
Mini implants are placed quickly and easily, and your procedure can be completed in one visit to our Mesa dental office. Local anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort. A small hole is made in your gum. The mini dental implant is then inserted into your jaw bone. The heads of the implants will rest securely above the gum tissue, allowing your denture to snap firmly onto the implant.
Within just a few short hours, you will have a fully functional replacement for your missing teeth or a denture with much greater stability
Can Mini dental implants fit under dentures?
Mini implants work well under dentures. Mini dental implants allow dentures to be made smaller, and the roof of the mouth to be removed on the upper dentures. No further adhesive is necessary to provide chewing strength equal to your natural teeth.
Will i need more than one visit?
Only one visit is needed to place the mini dental implants . A following visit is needed to connect them to an appliance such as a denture.
Maintenance/Care of mini dental implant
Mini dental implants will receive optimal care by simply brushing your teeth.
How soon after this procedure can I resume eating?
There is no downtime for mini implants. You may eat immediately after placing mini implants. You may return to your regular activities immediately.
Is there any chance that my Mini Dental Implant may fail or reject?
As with all dental implants, there is a slight risk of failure of under 2-3%. Dental implants are able to be replaced easily.
Alternatives to mini dental implants
Bridges and partial dentures that connect to other teeth, or conventional dentures, are the only alternatives to dental implants and mini dental implants.
Schedule a consultation
To see if you are a candidate for mini dental implants, call Drs of Smiles at 480.834.6991 today! Our dentists proudly serve Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale AZ and surrounding areas.