Not everyone can have regular implants placed. Fortunately, you do have options – options that include mini dental implants. The following details will give you the facts needed to learn more about mini dental implants and why they are used for restoring a smile.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
A mini dental implant is designed like a regular implant, except it is smaller. While a regular implant ranges between 3.4 to 5.8 mm wide, a mini implant is 1.8 to 3.3 mm wide and 10 to 15 mm in length. According to the Mini Dental Implants Center of America, or MDICA, a mini implant features a titanium post and ball on the end. A socket with an O-ring made of rubber affixes the tooth or prosthetic to the post.
When Are Mini Implants Used?
If you do not have enough jawbone to hold a regular implant, we may suggest that you opt for mini dental implants. In turn, you can use the implants to revive your smile, as the small artificial roots are used to connect bridges, crowns, and dentures. The MIDCA adds that mini implants may also be used to secure lower-arch dentures that have become loose. If you have lost too much bone to hold regular implants, getting a mini implant might be your best choice if you wish to replace a missing tooth or teeth. We can install a mini implant in one visit using a local anesthesia. You will not need sutures if you opt for the surgery. You can use mini implants and install replacement teeth in the same day.
You will find that mini dental implants will need the same type of dental care as natural teeth. You should floss at least once a day and brush twice daily with an ADA-approved toothpaste. Because the gums are still tender, after implant surgery, use an extra-soft bristled toothbrush. If you would like to know more information on implant surgery, give us a call to arrange an appointment and schedule a consultation.