Well over fifty percent of our adult population have lost one or more teeth. As a result, traditional dental implants are used to replace one single tooth or several teeth. Dental implants are also used to hold removable dentures in place. They are inserted into the jaw bone and eventually fuses with a bone, a process called osseointegration.
Mini dental implants are smaller titanium implants and are fast becoming a great alternative to conventional implants. Mini implants are popular for four main reasons;
- Much less costs
- They can be used where there is limited jaw bone
- They can be used to stabilize and secure your existing dentures
- They can be used immediately after placement
In this column, we will discuss the benefits of Mini Dental Implants.
Mini dental implants have the same structure as regular implants, but they are smaller. Unlike conventional implants, they’re comprised of a one-piece base that’s less than 3mm in diameter.
One significant benefit of mini dental implants is after placement you can use them immediately. They are connected to your existing denture making them more stable and secure. Also, they are much less expensive than traditional dental implants. Mini implants placement don’t require stitches. These implants are placed and patients can instantly experience its’ benefit is one visit.
Mini dental implants are placed through less-invasive techniques than conventional dental implants. These narrow implants protrude above the gum surface when placed into the bone, while conventional implants are placed under the gums.
Stabilizing your denture with mini implants has many benefits; enjoying your favorite foods, pronouncing certain words, limited denture slippage and less sore spots on your gums. This is really appreciated by patients.
Mini dental implants need the same care as your natural teeth. If you have mini dental implants, brush your teeth twice daily, floss once a day and make sure to visit your dentist regularly. If plaque and tartar build up, your dentist may recommend that you increase your frequency of visits and use fluoride in your toothpaste or a special rinse.
Mini implants are placed with confidence by many experienced periodontists today. Well over one million mini implants have been placed in the United States and are quickly becoming the preferred treatment choice for many dentists and patients. In many practices, patients’ lives are changed because of this unique cost effective alternative.
Mini implants can assist with a denture makeover while regaining your confidence with secure teeth once again. They are less expensive and less time-consuming to place than the conventional implants.
When finding a solution to replace your missing teeth, your dentist will advise you if mini dental implants are the best choice for you. Talk to them about it. It can bring you closer to your happier, healthier smile.
Dr. Kendal V. O. Major is Founder and CEO of Center for Specialized Dentistry which is a comprehensive family dental practice operating in Nassau and Freeport. He is the first Bahamian Specialist in gum diseases and dental implants since 1989. He also is a certified Fastbraces provider. His practice is located at 89 Collins Avenue, Nassau at (242)325-5165 or [email protected].