A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
For those who are missing teeth but shudder at the thought of removable dentures, mini dental implants may be a solution. Mini dental implants are a minimally invasive, surgical implant that is permanently secured to false teeth.
This type of implant is special because the recovery time is as little as one day, compared to the potential of weeks with regular dental implants. Call your local Affordable Dentures & Implants office to see if you may be a qualified candidate for a mini dental implant procedure.
What are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are tiny, titanium rods, no bigger than a toothpick, that are surgically placed into the jawbone. False teeth are then permanently attached to the implant to create a seamless and natural looking smile without oral adhesives or the worry of your dentures falling out of your mouth when speaking or eating.
Mini Dental Implants vs. Regular Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are ideal for patients who may have more severe loss of bone in their jaw or for patients who want a shorter recovery time from surgery. Because mini dental implants are small, they don’t need as much bone to attach to when they are placed into the gums and therefore do not usually require any type of bone grafting surgery. The surgery for mini implants is much less invasive and can often have patients healed in one to two days.
Regular dental implants are bigger and therefore require more bone to attach to. If you have more severe bone loss, you may need bone grafting surgery to create enough bone to attach the dental implant. These surgeries are much more invasive, require more intense anesthetic, and have a much longer recovery time.
However, these types of implants are ideal for patients who want a full set of permanent dentures to replace an entire arch of missing or extracted teeth.
Mini implants are often used for patients with smaller mouths that may be replacing smaller teeth like incisors or premolars. These smaller implants are less expensive than regular dental implants as they require less material, anesthetic, and follow-up appointments.
A mini implant procedure is generally not recommended for patients who grind their teeth and are often only used for missing teeth on the bottom row. Consult with your dentist to decide if you could be a candidate for this procedure.
Mini Implants vs. Mini Implant Dentures
Mini dental implants are the tiny titanium rods that are inserted into the jawbone to mimic the root of a tooth. They will stimulate bone growth in the jaw and will act as a secure anchor for your mini implant dentures. The dentures are the false teeth that are secured to the implants and generally come as a “snap-in” style or are permanently screwed into the implant.
Mini implants are permanent, but your dentures may be removable, depending on what type of denture you are fitted with.
A Small Solution with a Big Impact
If the idea of throwing away your oral adhesives and soaking solutions sounds enticing, you may want to consider a minimally invasive mini implant for the permanent solution to your denture woes. Our highly skilled staff is ready and waiting to help you decide if a mini implant is the right solution for your situation. Call a local implants practice near you to schedule your initial consultation and take the first step toward your best smile yet.