What are mini implants?
Mini dental implants are the newest advancement in implant dentistry. Drs. Richard and Bruce Winter at Hampton Dental Associates are renowned for their work with mini implants as a means of replacing one or more missing teeth, as well as using them to create an anchor for other types of dental restorations. Mini implants are able to replace even a full arch of missing teeth in only one short office visit. This means that a patient no longer has to come in for multiple appointments before they receive their permanent restoration. Like their conventional counterparts, mini implants are made of titanium but are smaller.
Why should I get mini implants?
Mini implants can be great for a patient’s self image. Now the person can eat, speak, and smile as they did before their tooth loss. The procedure is minimally invasive when compared with typical full dental implant surgery. However, similar to its full-scale counterparts, mini implants are still able to anchor dental crowns, bridges, and dentures securely in place.
What are the advantages of using mini implants?
Mini implants can provide patients with the same benefits as conventional types of implants, but have the added advantage of being smaller. Thanks to that smaller size, mini implants can be used with patients who may not be good candidates for conventional implants.
Because of their smaller size, mini implants do not require as much bone thickness to be able to be implanted and used to support a dental restoration.
Additionally, mini implants are installed in a much less invasive procedure that causes less disturbance and trauma to the bone and surrounding gum tissue. Mini implants require only a small opening to be implanted into the bone, making them ideal even for elderly patients who have lost a good deal of bone mass.
Installation of mini implants is relatively simple, requiring only one to two hours in your dentist’s office using local anesthesia.
Healing time is short. Discomfort lasts for about 48 hours after which the patient can resume normal eating and return to work.
Because of the smaller diameter of mini implants, they require very little bone to be taken away from the actual bone mass of the jaw. Mini implants can become sturdier than conventional implants because there is a more bone structure left to support them.
Mini implants are threaded, not embedded, into the bone. This adds to their ability to be stable enough to support a dental restoration without compromising their long-term capacity.
Apart from their more convenient size, the faster procedure, and the less invasive nature of mini implants, they are also significantly less expensive then conventional dental implants.
What is the procedure for installing mini implants?
A twist drill is used to create a small pilot hole on the indicated area inside the oral cavity where the implant will be placed. Using the drill, a small hole will be made on the gingival tissue and will continue until the hole is made in the periosteum. The depth of the hole is about one third the length of the mini implant to be used.
The mini implants will then be placed in position in the pilot hole and carefully threaded until securely set inside the dental alveolus, or the tooth socket. As the mini implant is threaded into the hole in this process, it also progressively expands the bone so that the two components are fused together tightly.
Call our office today at 414-464-9021 to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Bruce or Dr. Richard to learn more about how oral surgery procedures, individualized tissue grafts and other best choice materials can replace teeth individually or in complex treatment for a complete reconstruction.
Patients from Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and other areas of the Midwest are encouraged to contact Dr. Richard directly with our on-line Ask The Dentist form… to get more information about what is possible with varying degrees of reconstructive dentistry.
See more examples of cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry including porcelain crown and veneer makeovers, diastema repair, tetracycline stain whitening and gum contouring at our Hampton Dental Associates Photo Gallery.
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