Mini Dental Implant
It is essential to have missing teeth replaced, not just for aesthetic reasons but also for maintaining good dental health. Since dental implants are the alternative that replaces teeth in a manner that is most similar to natural teeth, dentists often choose them above other possible tooth replacement solutions. However, not everyone has bone in their jaw that is dense enough to support standard dental implants; this is where mini dental implants come in.
What is a Mini Dental Implant?
A mini dental implant is a type of dental implant similar to a traditional implant, often placed in the lower jaw to help support replacement teeth. They consist of two components: a titanium post with a ball attached to the end of it. Generally, the crowns are fastened onto the ball, while a rubber O-ring provides an additional layer of protection. The diameter of a mini dental implant may be anywhere from 1.8 to 3.3 millimeters, and the length is 10 to 15 millimeters.
Mini Dental Implant Procedure
When it comes to the mini dental implant procedure, it starts with x-rays and CT scans that allow Dr. Lasnoski and Dr. Hallas at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry to determine where the implants should be placed. After the completion of the initial consultation and the patient’s oral health review, the dental surgeons begin with the following procedure.
| Apply a topical anesthetic to numb the gums and jaw.
|Drill a small hole in the jaw where the dental implant will be placed.
|Secure and tighten the mini dental implant post into the hole.
|Attach the replacement tooth to the post and ensure the position is secure.
Mini Dental Implant Recovery
Recovery after a mini dental implant procedure is often quite fast and does not involve any, or only mild, discomfort. After undergoing a brief implant procedure, most patients can immediately return to their regular daily routines within one or two days. However, some patients may experience pain and soreness after the procedure. Icing the area or using over-the-counter prescriptions like ibuprofen is an effective way to deal with this.
Suitable Candidates for Mini Dental Implants
Some people are not considered good candidates for mini implants, including children whose teeth are still in the development stage. Individuals with particular health concerns, like vascular disease, thrombophilia, bone illness, periodontitis, or clotting disorders, must avoid mini dental implants.
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When it comes to filling those missing gaps in your mouth, it is important to be aware of the many alternatives available, and for some individuals, mini dental implants may be the best solution.
Now that you know the fundamentals, it's time to book an appointment with Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry. Contact us today by calling at (906) 212-4725, or visit for more information.