Mini implants are similar to regular implants, but they are slightly smaller. They consist of two parts: a metal post with a ball fixture and a socket with an O-ring that attaches to the tooth post. They support most replacement teeth and can even secure lower arch dentures.
Mini vs. Conventional Implants
Mini implants are about ½ the diameter of a conventional implant. This means that it might take two mini implants to provide the support of one standard implant. Mini implants are generally more affordable than conventional implants, but they may not offer the long-term stability and strong chewing force needed to replace widespread tooth loss.
Mini Dental Implant Procedure
The process of receiving mini implants is similar to that of traditional implants. Your first procedure will involve placement of the implant into the jaw, where it will fuse with the bone. If you have some bone loss, mini implants might still be an option, as they require less support than traditional implants.
The healing process typically takes about six months, at which time the implant will be exposed so that an abutment and crown can be attached. You’ll be left with a permanent, beautiful smile that is no longer affected by tooth loss.
Caring for Your Implants
Mini implants will require the same care that you give your natural teeth. You’ll need to brush twice a day and floss once. You’ll use fluoridated toothpaste, and you’ll want to take some care around your sore gums immediately after your procedure.
You should also continue to schedule regular evaluations with your dentist. While your dentures should last a lifetime, only your dentist can thoroughly inspect the health of your restoration.
At Complete Dental, we can tell you if mini implants are a good option to combat your tooth loss. Call us today to set up an evaluation.