Mini Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the more invasive restorations for replacing missing teeth but they are also one of the healthier options overall and have the ability to last a lifetime. Traditional dental implants require a patient to undergo implant placement surgery followed by an extensive healing period that may take up to six months before the fake tooth can be placed. This healing time allows for the implant to integrate with the bone structure for a secure and stable foundation for the implant restoration.

For some patients, this is not feasible but there is still a great option with mini dental implants!

Why get dental implants?

There are plenty of restorative options available to patients which include traditional options such as dental bridges and partial or full dentures. One of the biggest drawbacks to these traditional treatment options is that they sit on top of the gum tissue and overtime, can lead to bone loss which in turn compromises other healthy teeth. The roots of our teeth help stimulate bone regeneration and without that stimulation, the bone begins to break down. Dental implants act as the root of a tooth and help provide that necessary simulation for bone health. Jawbone deterioration can cause changes in your facial structure and can cause a traditional bridge or denture to become ill-fitting, requiring adjustment or even replacement after ten years or so.

When you have dental implant treatment, your Dentist will work alongside either a Periodontist or an Oral Surgeon. The specialist will place the implant and your Dentist will restore it with an implant crown, bridge, or even an implant supported denture. During your treatment, your doctors will be in communication with one another to provide the best care possible.

What is the difference between traditional implants and mini implants?

Traditional implants range in size between 3.4 and 5.8 millimeters wide. Mini implants range from 1.8 to 3.3 millimeters wide. Traditional implants use an abutment to connect the prosthesis (fake tooth) to the implant and mini implants use rubber O-rings to secure the prosthesis onto the implant. Even though mini implants are much smaller, they have the same structure and ability to support a number of restorative options including an implant-supported denture.

One of the biggest benefits of a mini implant is that the implant does not need the extensive healing time that traditional implants require. This means the patient can usually have their permanent dental prosthesis placed the same day as the dental implant!

Care and Maintenance for Mini Dental Implants

Oral hygiene is crucial to the success of any dental restoration. The advantage of implants is that they can be cleaned and maintained just like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing and regular visits to your Dentist for professional cleanings will keep your implant healthy, allowing the longest lifespan possible. Even though your porcelain dental prosthesis cannot develop decay, the gum tissue and bone structure around the implant can develop disease so it is vital that you maintain an excellent oral care routine.

Even though dental implants may be more expensive at the onset of treatment, their lifespan and success rate is so much greater than other options that they are usually the more cost-effective choice in the long run. If you are unable to endure implant surgery and the extensive healing time, mini implants may be a great alternative for you. Speak with your Dentist to understand your treatment options and determine which path will best suit your individual lifestyle and case.

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