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Understanding Mini Dental Implants

By July 9, 2021No Comments

Are you interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants but don’t have the necessary bone mass needed for regular implants? Mini dental implants may the best option for you. Contact Cary Family Dental to discuss mini dental implants.

They are just as effective as traditional implants but, since they’re smaller, they come with some extra benefits, including a placement procedure that is much less involved.

Dental Implants

Around 178 million Americans are missing at least a single tooth. Dental implants are a permanent replacement option as an alternative to bridges and dentures. Dental implants are used to replace teeth or to give dentures a secure foundation. Dental implants are screwed into the jawbone and usually are made of two pieces of titanium.

Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants have a similar structure to regular implants, but they’re smaller. Unlike regular implants, they’re comprised of a smaller one-piece screw and include a ball-shaped end that protrudes from the jawbone.

Placing Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are placed through less-invasive techniques than conventional dental implants. These toothpick-sized mini-implants are installed over the gum surface when placed into the bone, while conventional implants are placed under the gums.

Because this less complex placement, mini dental implants require less time to receive than regular implants. Dentists usually can place mini dental implants in one visit with local anesthesia and no sutures. Regular implants, however, take several months and require at least two dental appointments.

Why Mini Dental Implants?

The use of mini dental implants is suggested in cases where regular implants cannot be placed, such as

  • Inability to undergo invasive surgery
  • Not enough time for multiple dental visits
  • Not enough bone for a regular implant

Cost is also a factor in min dental implant popularity. Although the cost of mini dental implants can vary, on average they’re between $500 and $1,500. Compare that to a single regular implant, which is usually between $1,500 and $6,000.

Caring for Mini Implants

Mini dental implants need the same extra care as natural teeth. If you have mini dental implants, brush your teeth and floss twice daily, and make sure to visit your dentist regularly. If plaque and tartar build-up, your dentist may recommend using fluoride in your toothpaste or a special rinse.

Contact Cary Family Dental to discuss your tooth surgery:


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