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What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Feb 20, 2023Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental implants

What are mini dental implants?

Unlike the full-sized conventional implants that replace missing teeth, mini dental implants provide a permanent structure to replace missing teeth just as they do their full-sized counterparts. While conventional implants are very effective at replacing missing teeth, they may not be for everyone. For those who have missing teeth and want dental implants, mini implants might be a perfect choice for them.

Mini dental implants are aptly named, as their elements are smaller than those of traditional implants. However, the component visible above the gum line is the same size, allowing mini implants to appear, feel and operate like natural teeth.

 

What are the revolutionary benefits of mini dental implants?

Mini implants can be an ideal solution for replacing a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or to provide stabilization to loose dentures.

Implants of this type can offer a variety of potential advantages, including:

Less invasive surgery: Mini implants can be placed using a localized anesthetic, making the procedure much less invasive and potentially less painful than traditional dental implants.

Faster recovery time: Many people are able to experience a faster recovery time due to the small size and minimally invasive procedure used for inserting mini implants.

Lower cost: Mini implants provide a cost-effective solution compared to traditional dental implants, as prices for mini implants may be more affordable.

Less jawbone density is needed: Regular implants need a certain amount of jawbone mass to support their size, but mini implants do not require as much jawbone mass. Because they are smaller, they do not require as much jawbone mass as traditional dental implants do. As a result of this, they are a great choice for people who have lost jawbone density as a result of tooth decay, injury, or bone loss due to conditions such as osteoporosis.

Can be done without bone grafting: Patients with inadequate jawbone mass to support conventional dental implants may require pre-implant jawbone grafting. Bone grafting has a lengthy healing time, it can take up to one year for the graft to fully heal. Utilizing mini implants can circumvent the need for a bone graft.

Faster results: Traditional dental implants often require multiple visits due to the fact that replacement teeth cannot be set onto traditional implant screws until after the jaw and gums have properly healed. In contrast, mini implants allow for immediate replacement of teeth during the same appointment as the implant procedure.

Can fit into smaller areas of your mouth: Mini implants may be a more suitable option to replace small teeth or fit into tighter spaces, and for individuals with smaller jaws.

Less painful to place and repair: Mini implants are smaller in size than traditional dental implants, resulting in a less painful surgery and repair process.

More permanent than bridges or dentures: Bridges and dentures are a viable option for individuals who have suffered tooth loss. However, they should not be considered an adequate replacement for permanent solutions such as mini or traditional dental implants.

Prevents facial collapse: A mini implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, helping to preserve the existing teeth and supporting bone structure.

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