What are Mini Dental Implants?
Are you interested in dental implants but don't think you'd be a good fit because of a pre-existing condition or bone resorption. You might want to look into mini dental implants. Read on to learn more.
What are they exactly?
Mini implants actually have the same components as a regular implant. You have the implant post, which imitates a tooth root and sits beneath the jawline. You have the crown, which is the false tooth that sits on top. Then, you have the abutment which connects the post and crown together. The main difference is that mini implants are must smaller than standard implants. With good care, mini implant crowns can last just as long as traditional implants.
Who is a good candidate for mini implants?
If you aren't keen on an invasive surgery, than a mini implant might be a good option since these implants are inserted more superficially. While traditional implants may take multiple appointments, some mini implants can be placed in one visit with local anesthesia. Less invasive procedures and shorter recovery times can be great for diabetics and other people who may heal slowly. If you've lost too much jaw bone and would require a graft for traditional implants, you might be a good candidate for mini implants. Mini implants still need jaw bone for support, but not as much as traditional implants since they aren't inserted as deeply into jaw bone. Do you wear dentures and want a more stable prosthesis? If so, then mini implants can be used for some patients who want snap-on dentures. If you need to get a bridge, a dentist might recommend a fixed bridge with mini implants which may feel more secure than cemented bridges. If traditional implants are too expensive, mini implants can be a good option since they are usually less expensive since the treatment is less invasive and intensive.
Who isn't a good candidate for these implants?
Keep in mind that while mini implants don't require as much bone density as traditional implants, they still need some good jaw bone to work. While horizontal bone loss isn't as much of a problem, you may not be a good candidate if you have too much vertical bone loss. Do you suffer from bruxism? People who grind their teeth aren't typically good candidates for mini implants because excessive biting force can weaken the posts and wear down the crown prematurely.
Reach out to a dentist in your area to learn more about mini implants, the procedure, and whether or not they would be a good restorative fit.