Missing Teeth? Consider Mini Implants
Are you missing teeth?
People lose teeth for many reasons:
- Teeth can grow in at an odd angle, overcrowding your mouth.
- Cavities can cause infections, which can damage teeth.
- For myriad reasons, dentists sometimes need to extract teeth.
- Teeth and crowns can break, leading to tooth loss.
- Unrepaired broken crowns can lead to additional dental bone loss.
- The jawbone can deteriorate due to osteoporosis or other diseases, or simply as a natural part of aging.
Whatever the underlying cause, you may be embarrassed by missing teeth. In some cases, tooth loss impacts speech and eating. Implant treatment can restore function and esthetics for a new outlook on health and an improved quality of life. In a recent blog post, we discussed dental implants. This week, we want to cover a less invasive but similar procedure, Mini Implants.
What is a Bone Graft?
Missing teeth can lead to shifts in your mouth, which may damage your profile as well as your bite. In some cases, residual bone is insufficient to secure permanent tooth replacements. In this, and many other cases, bone grafting can help prepare the jaw for dental implant placement with minimal invasiveness.
To provide a solid foundation for successful dental implantation, a certain amount of bone is required in the upper and lower jaws. In traditional bone grafting procedures, dentists extract bone from another area of the body to add to the bone in to the jaw area, to create an ideal area for implant placement. Depending on the condition of remaining bone, a trained specialist such as Dr. Sayegh, may be able to reshape, expand, or manipulate existing bone to adequately prepare your mouth for dental implants. In some cases, you might consider a less invasive procedure for filling in dental gaps – a mini dental implant.
Mini dental implants are different from traditional dental implants or single tooth implants as the implant is much narrower and the mini implant utilizes a screw instead of a post. The actual design of the implant is slightly different, as mini dental implants are a single unit compared to traditional dental implants, which normally come in two pieces.
- Incision free, so the procedure is less invasive, typically without need for stitches.
- Can often be completed under local anesthetic.
- May only take a couple of hours.
- Quick healing, with less potential for side effects like swelling and discomfort.
- Dentists insert the dental implants straight through the gums, directly into the jawbone.
- Fewer side effects.
- Can be used to restore a small front tooth. If your mini dental implant is meant to restore a small front tooth, you will receive a temporary tooth and eventually an implant crown, once the implant has fully healed.
- Can be used to secure partial dentures. Dentures have special attachments on the fitting surfaces that will clip onto special attachments on the dental implants. These attachments are called O-rings. Your dentures may be fitted soon after surgery is completed, so you won’t have to go without teeth.
- The cost of mini implant treatment is less than traditional dental implant treatment. This is because of the smaller size of the dental implants, combined with less treatment time.
- Although mini dental implants are suitable for areas where bone is deficient, they still require a good amount of vertical bone because the screws are relatively long.
- Since mini implants are less widely used than traditional dental implants, very little long-term data is available to determine projected success rate and longevity of treatment.
- Mini Implants require a good amount of vertical bone.
- Less recommended for upper jaw, where bone density tends to be lower.
- Require between 10 and 12 dental implants to stabilize upper denture.
- When used for denture stabilization, a greater number of mini dental implants are required compared to traditional dental implant systems.
Mini Implants at Implant a Smile
The experienced medical team at Implant a Smile tries to optimize patients’ jaws for dental implants without having to remove bone. Depending on the condition of the remaining bone, Dr. Sayegh, a trained specialist, may be able to reshape, expand, or manipulate existing bone to adequately prepare a patient’s mouth for dental implants. Ask Dr. Sayegh if a mini dental implant may be right for you.
Dr. Antoine Sayegh & the ImplantaSmile Team use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 963-7581.