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Mini Dental Implants
Thanks to science and technology, wooden teeth have been replaced by innovations like crowns, bridges, and implants. The mini implant is a long-term solution with a shorter down time than traditional implants. Classic Smiles is quite familiar with his procedure and can help you decide if this would be a beneficial option for your needs.
Mini but Mighty
Dental implants are the top-tier standard for missing teeth, but they are not an option for everyone. Mini dental implants are a solution for these patients. As per the name suggests, they are smaller than traditional implants. Mini implants are only 1.8 to 3.3 mm in diameter and 10-15 mm long while traditional implants are 3.4 to 5.8 mm wide. This makes the smaller implant an excellent choice for someone who has lost a significant amount of jawbone, has small teeth, the work needs to be done in a narrow space, for premolar replacement, or for front tooth replacement. Other suitable uses are for securing loose and lower arch dentures.
Mini implants also have less and less complex hardware than regular implants. In fact, they are comprised of just two parts: a titanium post with a ball on the end and a socket with a rubber O-ring which attaches a patient’s tooth to the titanium post. A smaller size makes these implants easier and more comfortable to place. They do not slip or feel awkward plus the installation can usually be completed with just one office visit. You can even eat the same day!
Here is a more in-depth look at the advantages of mini dental implants. A major factor is they are considerably less expensive that traditional implants, with a cost difference of $500 to $1,500 instead of $3,500 up to $6,700. This is due to more affordable hardware and non-surgical installation. Mini implants require minimally invasive placement with no bone grafting or flap surgery. In fact, the placement of four implants only takes about an hour.
Before placement, x-rays and CT scans are necessary to make sure the implant is put in the correct place. The actual placement procedure is completed in just a few steps. After administering an anesthetic, holes are drilled into the bone at the implant site(s). Each implant is then screwed into place and tightened with a winged wrench before being fully secured with a ratchet wrench. A prosthetic is measured against the implant to determine optimal placement, then sent to a lab to have the fitting holes drilled.
The titanium alloy which comprises the implant is very biocompatible and acts in a similar was as a natural tooth root. Ideally, mini implants should feel as real as one’s natural teeth. Classic Smiles has performed several consultations regarding tooth replacement and can certainly tell you if mini implants would be a good solution for your needs. If you thought tooth loss was permanent, our implants weren’t an option for you, think again. To set up your appointment give us a call at (407) 378-0139 to restore your smile and confidence.