MINI BUT MIGHTY
Dental implants are the top-tier standard for missing teeth, but they are not an option for everyone. If your jaw lacks the bone mass to undergo conventional implants, or you are not eligible for surgery, then mini dental implants may be the solution for you. Far less invasive than a traditional implant, a mini dental implant is also effective but smaller in size. As per the name suggests, they are smaller than traditional implants. Mini implants are only 1.8 to 3.3 mm in diameter and 10 to 15 mm long while traditional implants are 3.4 to 5.8 mm wide. This makes the smaller implant an excellent choice for someone who has lost a significant amount of jawbone, has small teeth, the work needs to be done in a narrow space, for premolar replacement, or for front tooth replacement. Other suitable uses are for securing loose and lower arch dentures.
Mini implants also have less complex hardware than regular dental implants. In fact, they are composed of just two parts: a titanium post with a ball on the end and a socket with a rubber O-ring which attaches a patient's tooth to the titanium post. A smaller size makes these implants easier and more comfortable to place. They do not slip or feel awkward plus the installation can usually be completed with just one office visit.
Here is a more in-depth look at the advantages of mini dental implants. A major factor is they are considerably less expensive than traditional implants, with a cost difference of $500 to $1,500 instead of $3,500 up to $6,700. This is due to more affordable hardware and non-surgical installation. Mini implants require minimally invasive placement with no bone grafting or flap surgery. In fact, the placement of four implants only takes about an hour.
Before placement, x-rays and CT scans are necessary to make sure the implant is put in the correct place. The actual placement procedure is completed in just a few steps. After administering an anesthetic, holes are drilled into the bone at the implant site(s). Each implant is then screwed into place and tightened with a winged wrench before being fully secured with a ratchet wrench. A prosthetic is measured against the implant to determine optimal placement, then sent to a lab to have the fitting holes drilled.The good news is that many times, mini implants don't require drilling holes because the screw threads grab onto your bone. This means you won't require any stitches or sutures either. Again, the steps can vary slightly based on your condition and needs at the time.
The titanium alloy which comprises the implant is very biocompatible and acts in a similar way as a natural tooth root. Ideally, mini implants should feel as real as one's natural teeth.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Mini Dental Implant Procedure?
Fortunately, recovery doesn't take that long after a typical mini-dental implant procedure. Patients are able to return to their usual routine within a day or two following the process. While a follow-up appointment isn't necessary, your dentist may recommend it based on your needs.
It isn't uncommon for people to experience mild soreness and pain, which can be dealt with using over-the-counter pain relievers and ice. It is best if you avoid eating sticky or hard food items following the procedure so there is no risk of implant loosening.
Your professional may recommend having soft food items and liquids until the recovery period is over, following which you can resume your regular diet. Stay cautious of unexpected symptoms arising after the procedure, such as jaw numbness, loose implant, and long-lasting and severe pain.
All in all, it's imperative that you take care of your mini implants properly. Make sure to follow good dental hygiene so you can avoid decay or other problems from arising.
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Our office also offers a Nobel guide for implants, which is a revolutionary technology that allows us to not only plan your dental implant treatment but implement it as well.
Find Out if Mini Dental Implants Are the Solution for You!
Classic Smiles has performed several consultations regarding tooth replacement and can certainly tell you if mini implants would be a good solution for your needs. If you thought tooth loss was permanent, or that dental implants weren't an option for you, think again. To set up your appointment give us a call at (407) 378-0139 to restore your smile and confidence.