Mini Dental Implants
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Mini dental implants are a convenient, cost-effective solution to some of the same issues that traditional implants treat. They are used successfully for a number of oral procedures, including replacement of missing teeth and supporting dentures and bridges.
What are Mini Implants?
Mini dental implants are a type of implant that can be used to replace missing teeth. They are called “mini” because they are smaller than standard dental implants. Their size makes them the ideal solution for patients with smaller mouths and/or limited jawbone density.
Mini dental implants are made from titanium which is both strong and lightweight and won't corrode over time. They are essentially tiny screws that a dentist places directly into the jawbone. Unlike traditional implants, there is no need to cut away any gum tissue. This accelerates healing time following placement. Plus, patients will experience minimal – if any - pain during the procedure. New teeth should fit securely into place with minimal adjustments.
Advantages of Mini Implants
The mini implant procedure is quicker than traditional implants; and fewer visits to the dentist are required. Other advantages are the quick and easy installation, moderate pricing, and greater comfort. A mini implant can be placed in one office visit and only local anesthesia is needed.
What is the downside of mini dental implants?
Mini dental implants won’t work for every patient. Strong bone tissue is required so that there is a secure fit. As a result, they may not work for patients who have experienced bone loss. Furthermore, these implants may require adjustment or replacement periodically, which can drive up the overall cost.
The mini dental implant placement process is fairly simple, and can be accomplished in just one office visit. First, the oral surgeon will surgically place the tiny titanium implant into the jawbone. Next, the implant must be allowed to heal and integrate with the jawbone before the dentist can restore it with dentures or bridges.
Recovery and Maintenance
During a thorough consultation, the oral surgeon will go over any potential risks of an implant procedure. After the placement of the dental implants, patients can expect minor swelling and bruising in the treated area. This usually goes away within 3 days. Meanwhile, it is essential that patients follow post-operative instructions which include taking anti-inflammatory medications to minimize any discomfort.
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