What are Mini Dental Implants?
Losing your teeth is a serious issue that affects just about every aspect of your life. In addition to impacting your smile, tooth loss makes basic functions like eating and speaking more challenging. Tooth loss also affects the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss. This causes your jaw to weaken, healthy teeth to shift out of alignment, and your facial shape to change. Dental implants are an incredibly popular treatment used for replacing missing teeth. Today, there are many different types of dental implants, allowing us to meet a multitude of different needs. One of the types of implants provided at Shenandoah Family Dentistry is mini dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern treatment used to replace missing teeth. Implants are a unique alternative to bridges and dentures, using small titanium posts to provide support for your replacement teeth. These posts are surgically placed into your jawbone, where your bone fuses to them in a process called osseointegration. The posts are stabilized in your jaw, essentially becoming the roots for your replacement teeth, which are held in place using small screws.
So, What are Mini Dental Implants?
To be successful, dental implants rely on your jawbone. Following tooth loss, your jawbone begins to lose mass and weaken. If the bone is too weak, it may not be able to fuse properly. Typically, this would require a bone graft. Mini dental implants can often help to avoid this need while still providing you with strong, stable support for your new teeth.
Mini dental implants are a type of dental implant. They are smaller implants that enable you to avoid the need for a bone graft while still providing you with the benefits that regular dental implants have to offer. A mini implant is a smaller titanium post with a small ball on end. These types of implants are useful in situations such as replacing missing teeth in narrow spaces or teeth that are small. They can also be beneficial for anchoring a traditional denture in place, particularly a denture in the lower jaw.
The Difference Between Dental Implants and Mini Implants
There are a few key differences between dental implants and mini implants. One of the biggest differences is the size of the implants. Regular dental implants are between 3.4 and 5.8 millimeters in diameter. Mini dental implants, on the other hand, are between 1.8 and 3.3 millimeters in diameter.
Another key difference between these two types of implants is how your dental restorations are anchored into place. With regular dental implants, abutments, or connectors, are placed on the ends of your implant posts. These abutments help provide stability for your ceramic crowns, which are secured into place using small screws. With mini dental implants, there are no abutments. Instead, your implant posts have small balls on their ends. Your teeth are secured onto these balls using sockets and elastic O-rings. If they are being used to anchor dentures, your dentures have sockets that fit over the implant posts, and they can easily be removed for care and placed back in again.
The Process for Placing Mini Dental Implants
The process for getting mini dental implants is not unlike the process for placing regular dental implants. Surgery is generally less invasive, faster, and your recovery time is shorter. After administering a local anesthetic, we make incisions in your gums, which provide us with access to your jawbone. Small holes are drilled into the bone, and the posts are placed inside. After suturing your gums, temporary teeth are placed. Once you have fully healed, we then design, create, and place your permanent restorations.
With mini dental implants, we can help to make implants more widely available to more patients. Call Shenandoah Family Dentistry to schedule your consultation today at (540) 667-8731.