Mini Dental Implants are one of the best ways to stabilize dentures, fill gaps, or replace missing teeth quickly and easily. Traditional dental implants are much larger than they need to be, which can cause unnecessary pain, tooth crowding, and can even be unable to fit in certain bone structures. Our cutting-edge mini dental implant procedures are minimally invasive and can be done very quickly over a quick one to two appointment timetable.
Traditional dental implants can take multiple sessions to install, require a longer timetable to recover from, and can be a painful process. Mini Dental Implants take away the pain and drawn-out recovery times while providing the same outstanding results of their larger cousins.
Not only are Mini Dental Implants more time-efficient and overall more convenient for patients, they are substantially cheaper than traditional implants. Overall, these advanced dental implants will save you time, money, and pain while giving you the gift of a beautiful smile.
The Benefits of Mini Implants Include But Aren’t Limited To:
Are You a Candidate for Mini Dental Implants?
You may be a suitable candidate for mini dental implants if you do not meet the criteria for conventional dental implants or you would not be able to tolerate conventional implants.
Many people are told they are not good candidates for conventional dental implants but find lasting success with mini dental implants. Perhaps you have jawbone loss from teeth that have been missing for a long time, and your jawbone isn’t strong enough to retain and support larger conventional implants. Or maybe you want to achieve your ultimate results faster and do not have the time to dedicate to the placement and restoration of conventional implants.
To qualify for mini dental implants, you should be in good general oral health and free of gum disease or tooth decay. You should not smoke, as smoking can jeopardize the longevity of dental implants of any size.
Dr. Pearson would be happy to evaluate your candidacy for mini dental implants during a one-on-one consultation at her practice.
Mini Implant Treatment Details
Getting mini dental implants normally requires one to two appointments. The steps of the procedure are simpler and considerably less invasive than that of placing conventional dental implants.
The first step is a discussion with Dr. Pearson to establish your needs and expectations. During this discussion, Dr. Pearson inquires about your medical history and any existing dental restorations. She assesses your oral supporting structures and gums through X-rays and other imaging tools. Dr. Pearson uses diagnostic and planning tools to determine the optimal implant placement.
Before beginning the implant placement, anesthetic is administered for your comfort. An incision is made in your gums and a small opening created in the jawbone to hold the mini dental implant post. A ball-and-socket mechanism at the exposed end of the post connects the artificial tooth or denture appliance to the top of the post. In most cases, the tooth can be attached immediately after the implant post is installed. Final adjustments are made right on the spot to refine the fit and feel of the mini dental implant and artificial tooth.
Mini Implant Recovery and Results
Mini dental implants heal very quickly, and there is little recovery downtime. You can resume your regular routine very soon after treatment, as long as you avoid strenuous activities for a few days.
You may have some swelling from the procedure that lasts approximately 48 hours. To accelerate healing and prevent complications, you may be advised to rinse your mouth with saltwater several times a day or use a special oral rinse. A course of antibiotics may be prescribed if you are at risk of an infection.
As you acclimate to your new dental implant(s), you should eat soft foods. Be sure to brush with a soft toothbrush at least twice a day and floss once a day, just as you normally would. If you have any questions when adjusting to your new mini dental implant, Dr. Pearson encourages you to call or email our team.
In no time at all, your implant should feel as strong and stable as a normal, healthy tooth.
Mini Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
How many teeth can mini dental implants replace?
Mini dental implants are extremely versatile. They may be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth splinted together. A single mini dental implant can support a crown, or several mini dental implants can anchor a partial or complete denture appliance.
Will my mini dental implant blend in with my natural teeth?
Yes. Your mini dental implants should blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. They are designed to match the shape, size and color of your natural teeth. The implant posts cannot be seen, since they are positioned below the gumline, but the crowns that are mounted to the top of the implant posts are usually made from porcelain, which is extremely lifelike in appearance.
What are some signs I am not a good candidate for mini dental implants?
If you smoke, consume high amounts of alcohol or have uncontrolled diabetes or cancer, you may not be a good candidate for mini dental implants. In those cases, it is best to consult with Dr. Pearson, so she can get a complete picture of your lifestyle and health and make recommendations for your case.
Does age matter to mini dental implant candidacy?
No, your age is not a determining factor in whether you qualify for mini dental implants. Your oral health and treatment goals are more important than how old you are.
Can mini dental implants get cavities?
Mini dental implants cannot get cavities. But without the proper oral care, they can fail prematurely. If you do not brush and floss around the implant regularly, the gum tissue surrounding the implant can become infected. If gum disease advances without treatment, it can threaten the underlying jaw structure, which is a risk to the integrity of your implant.
What are the benefits of mini dental implants to denture wearers?
Countless denture patients experience problems related to loose or badly fitted appliances. The dentures can slip or shift around in the mouth, or make clicking or popping noises. Many patients feel embarrassed or uncomfortable wearing dentures in public, particularly when eating or if speaking to other people. Food can also get trapped under ill-fitting dentures, causing persistent bad breath.
Mini dental implants are used to resolve these problems. Four to six mini dental implant posts can be placed throughout the jaw to anchor the dentures and keep them from shifting around in the mouth. When secure, denture wearers can eat, speak and smile confidently without practical or social concerns.
Are mini dental implants expensive?
Mini dental implants are a cost-effective alternative to conventional implants. Because the pieces that make up the mini dental implant are smaller and the procedure to place them is less invasive than that of conventional implants, mini dental implants are more affordable.
Are mini dental implants permanent?
Yes, mini dental implants are permanent. With the right at-home oral care and routine checks by a dentist, mini dental implants can last a lifetime. The materials are highly biocompatible, so they will not cause any adverse reactions.
For more information about mini dental implants, please call or email Essentially Pure Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today.