Tooth loss is a common problem, and there may be several reasons for it. The events such as tooth decay, gum disease, oral trauma, etc., make you lose your teeth first and your confidence later. Missing teeth need to be replaced at once, and dental implants are a sought-after procedure for the same.
When you visit our dental clinic to treat your missing teeth, our dentist may also suggest mini dental implants as an alternative.
What are Mini Implants?
Mini implants are a smaller version of regular dental implants. Regular dental implants are only recommended if you have sufficient bone volume in your jaw, and if your tooth extraction causes bone loss, the insertion of dental implants becomes almost impossible. Mini implants avoid the need for a bone graft and promote quicker healing than regular implants.
They comprise small titanium studs having a diameter of that of a toothpick. Instead of capping with an abutment, our dentist creates a small ball on the exposed end. This ball provides an anchor for the elastic O-rings that eventually attach your teeth to the mini-implant.
What is the Procedure of Mini Implants?
Our dentist starts the procedure by administering a local anesthetic on your surgical site and then making incisions into your gums to expose your jawbone. A small hole is made in the bone to place the mini-implants. After this, they will suture the gums around the implants, leaving only a small portion exposed. You will be given temporary restorations during the healing process.
Once your healing comes to an end, we will take impressions of your mouth and create your permanent prosthetic teeth. Such teeth are then fixed in place.
What are the Benefits of Mini Implants?
- Mini implants do not require a lot of bone mass. Thus, if you have already suffered from bone loss, you can opt for this procedure to avoid a bone graft.
- They are smaller, thus fit perfectly into the smaller regions of your mouth. This factor also makes mini-implants ideal for small teeth.
- The surgery involving this procedure is less invasive.
- Mini dental implants are often less expensive compared to regular implants.
- These implants are also used to stabilize traditional dentures.
How to Care for Mini Implants?
These implants need the same kind of care as natural teeth. You should brush your teeth twice and floss at least once a day. Visit our dental clinic regularly to get rid of the excessive build-up of tartar and plaque.
Please reach out to Rota Advanced Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO, 80923, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Rota. Please call us at (719) 598-1224 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.