Mini Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are held in place with titanium posts that are installed into the jawbone. The false crown is then attached to the post with an abutment on extension.
About 50 million Americans experience tooth-loss each year. Dental bridges have traditionally been the best option. However, there have been continued technological advancements regarding the different types of dental implants. Dental implants are becoming a common and popular choice to restore a missing tooth or teeth.
Mini Dental Implants is a system that allows these small titanium implants to replace what would otherwise have been the root of your natural tooth. Using mini dental implants will allow your dentures to be permanently placed in your mouth, just like natural teeth. A holding fixture on the mini dental implants fits into a socket on the backside of the denture. The fixture snaps the mini dental implant into place and anchors better than a traditional denture would. This system allows a far better way of securing your dentures. It will allow you to bite and chew harder foods that you enjoy and to speak without the anxiety of your teeth not staying in place.
Mini dental implants are designed to eliminate any bone grafting and to expedite the treatment. Full implants require significant bone density or bone grafting to accommodate the implant plus a recovery period. The smaller size of mini dental implants means that no recovery period is necessary, and the final denture can be fitted the same day.
Mini Dental Implants are Unique.
Mini dental implants are an option if you are reluctant to have invasive dental surgery. One advantage mini dental implants have over full implants is that they offer a treatment choice if you have experienced extensive bone loss. Depending on the density of your jawbone available at the implant site, four mini dental implants can be implanted at one time. Unlike full implants, the mini dental implants do not require invasive surgery, which makes them a gentler option. Mini dental implants will also minimize cost. Full-sized implants can be expensive to place when several appointments are required.
Some Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
Here are some of the other advantages associated with mini dental implants:
- No need for adhesives or messy bonding agents.
- No slipping, wobbling or discomfort with clearer speech.
- Easier chewing and biting.
- Easier cleaning.
- High success rate. Less discomfort.
- No cutting or sutures.
- Permanent results.
- Quick treatment time.
- Reduced costs.
The Mini Dental Implants Procedure
The entire mini dental implant placement can be done in about one hour. In the case of lower jaw implants, four mini dental implants will be placed about 5mm apart. Prior to inserting the implants, your dentist will use several different diagnostic tools to find the optimal positions to implant them. Next, the dentist administers a mild anesthetic to numb the specific areas involved. Then a tiny hole is drilled in the jawbone to situate each implant. Each implant is then screwed into place and tightened with a dental winged wrench. Finally, a dental ratchet wrench is used to fully stabilize the mini dental implants. Then, the denture tray is measured against the mini-implants and marks are made to indicate where the implants will align up. The denture is sent to the dental lab to have the holes drilled to accommodate the implants.
Once the denture has been modified, it can be snapped on to the implants. Mini dental implants hold the denture comfortably in a tight-fitting way for quite some time.
No suturing is required, and no real discomfort is felt after your procedure. After your denture placement is complete, you can resume light eating. The denture should be removed and cleaned consistently. Mini dental implants will enhance the beauty of your smile and restore full functionality to your teeth.
Proper Care for Mini Implants
Mini dental implants will require the same care as your natural teeth. Floss daily, and brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. While the gums are still sensitive after the dental implant procedure, use an extra soft-bristled toothbrush.