Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. However, dental implants are now becoming the standard of care.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Some advantages of dental implants include improved appearance, speech, comfort, and oral health. Eating becomes easier and pain-free. Implants are also very durable. With good care, many implants last a lifetime. Implants are not removable, so there is no need for the messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.
Caring for Implants
Dental implants require the same care as permanent teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.
The mini-implant procedure is a much less involved process than conventional surgical dental implants. For this reason, the procedure can usually be completed in one or two simple dental appointments. In addition to saving time in the dental office, you will have far less discomfort afterwards due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure.
What are mini-dental Implants?
Mini-dental implants are made of a very strong titanium alloy and resemble long narrow screws that are placed in the jawbone to hold dentures securely or to replace missing teeth with permanent teeth that do not come out at all. Implants are the foundation for great restorations.
How are mini-implants different from regular implants?
Unlike traditional surgical implants, mini-implants do not require an involved surgical procedure. They are placed with no cutting of the gums, no surgical sutures, very minimal healing time, and much less cost than surgical implants.
How is the procedure done?
After a small amount of local anesthetic is applied to the gums, the mini-implants are quickly placed through the gums into the jawbone. Our patients report little, if any, sensation during this process. After this, the next step is either: 1) Your dentures are made to snap onto the implants that day, or 2) If you are having fixed, permanent teeth made, a temporary will be placed and your new teeth will be placed on a second visit in three weeks.
What are the mini-implants used for?
There are two main indications. First, is to make your dentures tight and secure so you can eat, talk, and smile with confidence. Your denture then snaps in and out. Secondly, you can have your missing teeth replaced with fixed, permanent teeth that do not come out at all and be rid of your denture or partial plate forever!