Mini dental implants are an alternative to traditional dental implants, but are typically used in situations where a smaller implant is needed to fit into a narrow location. Smaller teeth and incisors are good candidates for mini dental implants as are devices that require stabilization such as lower jaw dentures. Like traditional dental implants, mini dental implants are used to replace missing teeth with the purpose to maintain good oral health.
Mini dental implants are used to restore lost teeth in the following areas:
Mini dental implants are roughly half the size of traditional dental implants, about the diameter of a toothpick. They are advantageous even to patients who have experienced significant bone loss, which can often make the traditional dental implant procedure questionable.
Typically at least four mini implants are required to secure the lower denture and at least six to secure the upper denture. Your dentist may want to place more mini dental implants to secure the denture although this is dependent on how much bone the patient has. Denture wearers who suffer from unstable dental appliances will benefit from the secured feel mini dental implants offer.
If the patient wears partial dentures then the mini implants will be placed only in the areas where the teeth are missing. Like with full dentures, the implants snap into the portion of the partial denture that is used to replace the missing teeth.
The mini dental implant procedure is much quicker and easier than that of the traditional dental implant and can often be performed in one office visit. Many patients can have the implants placed under local anesthetic but many patients may still opt for dental sedation. Mini dental implants are placed into the bone where no sensory nerve endings are located. This results in very little post-operative discomfort and quick recovery times. Patients are given antibiotics before and after the procedure to ensure that the mini implants do not cause infection before the bone has the chance to heal around them.
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