Not everyone is suitable for conventional dental implants, and mini implants can be a good alternative solution. Narrower than traditional dental implants, they require less bone for placement.
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Mini dental implants are made from the same high-quality materials as conventional dental implants but have a considerably narrower diameter that is less than 3mm in diameter. In comparison, ordinary dental implants can have a diameter of up to 7mm.
Mini dental implants have a screw rather than a post that allows them to be screwed or inserted right through the gum and into the jawbone, so there is no need for an incision into the gum tissue and no need for stitches afterward. The length of the mini implant screw can be as much as 18 mm in length, and it’s this length that determines the strength of the implant. Because mini dental implants are smaller, they are sometimes called small diameter implants or narrow body implants.
Sometimes there is simply not enough room for a conventional diameter dental implant, for example, when restoring smaller lower incisors. Mini dental implants are frequently used to secure loose dentures.
One major reason for choosing mini dental implants is because they require less healthy bone. After natural teeth are removed, bone resorption is a common problem. Although bone grafting can build up missing bone, not everyone wishes or is suitable for bone grafting surgery.
Because the implant screw is so narrow, it’s much easier to avoid nerves and sinuses. The smaller size of the implant is reflected in its price, offering an affordable solution for people who want an implant denture.
While mini dental implants are an excellent treatment, the implant screw is typically quite long and must be inserted into the strong, good-quality vertical bone. The upper jaw doesn’t always have good bone quality, as bone density is typically lower.
Although mini dental implants can be an excellent solution for securing a loose lower denture, conventional dental implants can be a better option for securing an upper denture. Using mini implants for an upper denture would typically need between 10 and 12 mini implants, so conventional implants are more cost-effective.
Mini dental implants are fabricated as one piece, which helps to ensure the design is cost-effective. However, if anything goes wrong with the mini dental implants, the entire structure must be replaced. With a conventional dental implant that is made in two pieces, it’s usually only necessary to replace the abutment attached to the implant post and which supports the restoration, leaving the post untouched.
Just like any form of implant surgery, you will need a full consultation with one of our experienced implant dentists at Gentle Dental. We need to review your dental and medical history and so we can discuss this procedure with you properly. At this stage, we can also give you a good idea as to the time required to complete treatment and the estimated costs.
If you decide to proceed, we will need to conduct diagnostic tests, including digital dental x-rays and a cone beam CT scan, to assess your jawbone more fully. We use the data from these diagnostic tests while planning your treatment.
The planning process for mini dental implants is the same as for any dental implant placement.
Mini implant surgery is generally quicker and more comfortable compared with traditional dental implants because it is incision-free. Often, we can complete this procedure using just a local anesthetic, but if you feel at all anxious or nervous, please talk to us about additional sedation. We want to ensure you feel as comfortable and as relaxed as possible during your treatment.
Because the implants are inserted directly through your gums, treatment is minimally invasive, so healing is faster with fewer side effects. The entire surgery may take just a couple of hours.
Recovery is generally quite fast, with minimal discomfort and swelling. We provide precise instructions on how to care for your mouth after surgery, and we may prescribe antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection. You might need to use an antibacterial mouthwash while your mouth heals.
Mini implant dentures have special attachments on the fitting surface called O-rings surrounding the sockets, and these fit onto the precision attachments on the dental implants that have a ball-shaped head. Often, it’s possible to fit mini implant dentures soon after surgery as fitting the denture splints the implants together, preventing movement while the implants heal and integrate with your jawbone. It’s a solution that ensures you will not be left without teeth.
If your mini dental implant is used to restore a smaller tooth, we normally provide a temporary tooth for use during healing. The temporary tooth restores your appearance but isn’t suitable for biting into food. Once your mini dental implant has healed and bonded with the bone around it, we replace the temporary tooth with your implant crown.
Mini implants can be an excellent solution and especially for people looking for an affordable way to secure loose dentures. They are best used in specific circumstances, which is why we assess every dental implant patient carefully and will recommend the option we know will provide you with an optimal treatment outcome. For more information about mini dental implants in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.