Posted on 12/27/2015 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
You probably have an idea about what dental implants are, but have you ever heard of mini implants? Unlike traditional implants, mini implants are smaller versions and don't require major surgery to place them. Even with less bone present, mini dental implants can be viable options to treat tooth loss. Sinus lifts are rarely required, and the treatment time for mini implants is significantly lowered since the procedure is less invasive.
Placing Your Mini Implants
If you and your dentist decide the mini implants are a good option to fight your tooth loss, you should plan for a procedure that will take about an hour. If you need lower jaw implants, you will probably have four mini implants placed approximately 5 mm apart, and you'll be given a mild anesthetic to stay comfortable. Next, a small hole will be drilled into the jawbone so that each mini implant can be situated, and the implant will be screwed into place and tightened. Finally, your dentist will measure a denture against the mini implants, and the plans will be sent to a laboratory to have it created with the corresponding mini implant holes.
After your denture has been created, it can be affixed to your implant. This typically only takes a couple of weeks, unlike traditional implants which could require months of healing time. In most cases, you won't require stitches and likely won't experience any discomfort after the procedure.
Benefits of Mini Implants
There are a variety of other great benefits to mini implants that have people choosing this option:
Mini implants can allow you to ditch your partials or dentures
Ability to eat normally
Costs less than traditional implants and require fewer office visits
If you have questions about mini dental implants and whether they are right for you, please contact us to set up a consultation.