Dental Tips Blog

Oct
21

What Are Mini Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

You may be interested in getting a dental implant or two but you’ve been told that you don’t have enough bone to support implants.

Fortunately, there are other options. This is where the “miniature” version comes in.

Mini implants work just like regular ones. They require a brief procedure in which the dentist or surgeon creates an opening in the bone beneath the gums and inserts a titanium, artificial “root” (implant.) The implant, in turn, support a dental crown or bridge.

The biggest difference is that mini implants are smaller than the regular version.

But the differences don’t end there. Because mini implants are smaller, they allow for a more conservative procedure.

You could get even possibly get your implants placed and restored with a new restoration in the same appointment. You may even be able to start using your tooth that very day. There aren’t any sutures and you don’t need to be sedated beyond having local anesthesia to numb up the implant site.

Mini implants, like their larger counterparts, can also anchor dentures with their ball-and-socket attachments. This is a great option if you’ve already been wearing a denture for years and need a more secure fit.

Wearing a denture for a long time can cause permanent changes in the shape of the jaw. You might be tired of having to constantly adjust your prosthesis so it fits your changing mouth. But by then, there’s not enough bone left to justify conventional implants.

Mini implants make the most of the bone you have left, sparing you the need for bone grafting. They’ll also help secure your denture so that you can put an end to all those reline appointments.

Are mini implants right for you? Find out by asking your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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