Mini dental implants are smaller than traditional dental implants, but have the same structure as a regular dental implant. Unlike the traditional implant, mini implants are one solid piece that screws into the bone with a diameter smaller than 3mm. On the top of the device is a ball-shaped protrusion, which helps support dentures. Typically, the denture has a rubber O-ring that slides over this ball-shaped part. They are designed to eliminate bone grafting and expedite treatment, and are ideal for patients who may not have as much bone mass in the area that they’ll be placed, or for patients with smaller mouths. Mini implants are also less costly than larger options because of less material being used. This restorative option can be used to replace missing teeth within the mouth.
Why might Mini Dental Implants be needed?
Dental implants of any kind may be needed if a tooth is missing and needs to be replaced. Instead of compromising surrounding teeth for a fixed bridge, the implant is surgically placed into the bone and a dental crown placed on top. Some of the reasons that a dentist might suggest having mini dental implants include:
- If you have smaller teeth or a smaller mouth
- To replace front teeth, or premolars
- If the teeth are located in a narrow space
- If there is smaller amounts of bone structure that will be receiving the implant
What makes you a viable candidate for Mini Dental Implants?
Despite mini implants being smaller than the traditional implant option, they still require surgery to place. Because of this, you need to be healthy and vital enough to undergo oral surgery and have the ability to fully heal once the procedure has been completed. You’ll need an exam and consultation as well as series of different x-rays and images to determine if mini dental implants are right for you. Mini dental implants aren’t for everyone, so it is important to have an examination done prior to assuming they’re the right choice for you.
What to expect during the procedure for Mini Dental Implants?
The first step is receiving either local or general anesthetic for the actual procedure. The procedure involves making a tiny incision through the gums to gain access to the bone underneath. The mini implant is then inserted deep into the bone and the soft tissue sutured to promote adequate healing. The mini implant will fuse with the bone naturally over the course of just a few months. Once the implant has healed, you’ll come back in to have a special dental crown made for the implant and placed on top.
If you are interested in mini dental implants and would like to learn more about this option, call our office today and we’ll work to answer any of your questions.