What are Mini Implants?
A mini implant is made of a miniature-sized titanium implants that acts like the root of your tooth. The top of the implant has a retaining fixture that snaps into a corresponding fixture on your denture.
Mini implants are about half the size of a traditional implant. They are roughly the diameter of a toothpick and can be very favorable for patients who have experienced a significant amount of bone loss.
A mini implant provides a more comfortable, stable denture that enables you to enjoy your life without the constant concern regarding your teeth. Cloverly & Silver Spring dentists use mini implant are to replace missing teeth and allow you to maintain good oral health.
When are Mini Implants Used?
Cloverly & Silver Spring mini implants are used to restore teeth that have been lost in the following areas:
- Teeth located in a narrow area
- Front teeth
- Small teeth
They are used for a more trustworthy and efficient way to secure and hold dentures or partial dentures in place. It provides a more beneficial way of securing dentures in comparison to adhesives that can slip out of place. With mini implants, it makes it easier for those who wear dentures to:
- Smile confidently
How are Mini Implants Different than Regular-Sized Implants?
A regular-sized dental implant needs a certain amount of bone structure available to secure the implant. A mini implant does not need as much space, which allows the use of a site that has a less than adequate amount of bone.
Full-sized implants generally require several months of healing before they are completely able to support dental restorations. Mini implants, on the other hand, are less time intensive and can often anchor a denture right away.
In short, mini implants:
- Are less invasive
- Heal faster
- Have shorter procedure times
- Cost less
- Do not contain a screw
- Are half the size of a regular-sized implant
- Do not require grafting in the rare event that the dental implant fails
The procedure of placing a mini implant is generally simple and relatively painless. The recovery time takes about a day or two.
Most of the time, a dental implant can be performed in one office visit. Most patients receive local anesthetic to numb the area where the implant will be placed, but some patients may opt of dental sedation.
Mini implants are placed into the bone and avoid sensory nerve endings. This means there is very little discomfort after the procedure and is the reason that mini implants have a faster recovery time. Patients may be given antibiotics before and after the procedure to ensure that there is no chance of an infection that would prevent the bone from healing around the mini implant.
If any modifications are needed to the denture, they are made on the same day as the implants are placed. This means you can wear your denture immediately after you receive your new mini implants.
How Many Mini Implants Will I Need to Support Dentures or Partial Dentures?
Most people receive four mini implants to secure the lower denture while at least six are used to secure the upper denture.
Depending on how much bone the patient has, the dentist may suggest placing more mini implants to secure the denture. This allows those with unstable dentures to benefit from the secure feel of dentures.
If you are wearing partial dentures, mini implants will only be placed in the areas where teeth are missing. This allows the implant to snap into the portion of the partial denture that is used to replace the missing teeth.
How Much Will Mini Implants Cost?
There are several factors that influence the cost of mini implants. They include:
- The exact type of implant used
- The device (like dentures or a crown) that will be placed on top of the implant
- How many implants you will receive
- Dental insurance coverage
- Other procedures (such as X-rays) that may be performed to ensure you are a good candidate for mini dental implants
What are Some Pros and Cons of Mini Implants?
- No need for complex flap surgery
- Less invasive and heals faster
- Fewer complications
- Prevents facial collapse
- More affordable
- If you are not a candidate for conventional implants, you may still be a good candidate for mini implants
- Teeth grinding prevents you from being a good candidate
- Vertical bone is required