Restore Your Smile Permanently
If you are interested in dental implants but are not a good candidate for traditional dental implants due to a weakened jaw bone, compromised immune system, or complex health history, mini implants may be right for you. Mini implants are less traumatic, more cost-effective, and have faster healing than conventional implants. Frequently mini implants can be restored the same day, giving you that confident smile immediately. Mini implants are smaller than traditional implants and can be used to replace teeth when patients don’t qualify for traditional treatment. Call today to schedule a consultation and see if mini implants are right for you!
What Is a Mini Implant?
Understanding the Basics
As the name implies, a mini implant is smaller than a traditional dental implant. Mini implants are usually about half of the width and length of dental implants. This means that they can be placed with a less invasive treatment, and can be used even if your jaw bone has deteriorated due to tooth loss. Even if you are not a good candidate for dental implants, mini implants might be a good option for you.
What’s the Difference?
Mini Implants vs. Traditional Implants
Mini implants are smaller, which means the process of placing them into your mouth is less invasive. In addition, they are usually shaped like a rod, instead of being shaped like a screw. Mini implants also attach to dental restorations differently than traditional implants. Traditional implants use a small “abutment” that screws onto the implant. Then, a restoration like a dental crown can be attached to the abutment.
In contrast, mini implants use a small ball to attach a single crown using cement, or a rubber o-ring which is picked-up by the denture using a fast-setting acrylic material. Mini implants are commonly used to stabilize lower dentures, but also can be used to stabilize the upper denture if you have a bad gag reflex or do not like the thickness of the denture. In addition, mini implants can restore a single lost tooth.
Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants have a number of great benefits. Because they are so small, the healing and recovery process is a lot shorter. And in most cases, the dental implants can be immediately “loaded” by attaching a set of dentures. You can restore your smile in just a single appointment.
In most cases, mini dental implants are also more affordable than traditional implants since they are simpler and easier to place, though this can vary depending on the patient. Mini implants are a great option for stabilizing a lower denture, so you can confidently eat in public without the worry that your denture may fall out. They also allow you to remain healthy, because you are not restricted to eating only soft foods.
Versatile and Durable
Mini Implants for Stabilizing Dentures
In most cases, this is the best way to use mini implants. Usually, a series of about 4-6 mini implants are required to stabilize a lower denture. The denture snaps onto the ball-shaped top section of the implant and is held in place tightly.
If you have a sensitive gag reflex and are have been struggling with your dentures and denture glue, mini implants are an excellent option for you. Also, if the thickness of your upper dentures is affecting your speech, placing mini implants will remove this issue. You'll be able to speak and smile with comfort and confidence.
for Semi-Removable Bridge
A semi-removable dental bridge is a bridge that is secured into place by connecting to your mini implants and is not cemented into place but can only be removed by Dr. Keleigh Lascari. The placement of a semi-removable bridge involves placing 6 mini implants into the jawbone. The bridge will then snap onto the ball-shaped heads of the implants for a secure fit that doesn’t shift around and doesn’t feel bulky.
for Zirconia Bridge
This is also referred to as a “Roundhouse” and is a fixed bridge permanently cemented onto a series of 8-12 mini implants. Zirconia is an extremely durable material that can withstand chewing forces and last for many years.
Traditional dentures are made out of acrylic materials which can become easily damaged. Zirconia is always very natural in appearance and will blend in with your natural teeth so no one can tell the difference. This mini implant-supported bridge is fixed so it cannot be removed.
Who Is a Good Candidate
for Mini Implant Secured Bridges?
Dental bridges are great options for patients who have lost a few teeth but still have most of their remaining healthy teeth. This rules out full dentures as an option because they require the extraction of all of the patient’s remaining teeth.
A single dental bridge can replace 1-3 consecutive missing teeth. However, bridges can often be ill-fitting due to improper installation or they become loose over time. A loose dental bridge can trap food particles and bacteria underneath the bridge which increases the patient’s risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
However, a dental bridge that is supported by mini implants doesn’t have this problem, because they’re securely held in place, do not shift around, and don’t allow any open spaces to trap bacteria. We recommend implant-supported bridges to patients who are missing a few teeth and want a secure restoration but do not have sufficient jaw bone density for traditional dental implants.
How Often Will I Need to Replace
My Mini Implant-Supported Bridge?
A zirconia bridge will last for up to 15 years. However, it ultimately depends on the individual patient’s lifestyle, oral hygiene, diet, and maintenance of the bridge. To get the most out of your implant-supported bridge we recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Floss with an interdental brush, a floss threader, or a water flosser. Avoid chewing on ice, hard foods, and using your teeth as tools. You must wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth as this risks wearing down or breaking your dental bridge. Do not smoke and limit your consumption of staining foods and drinks.
There are no food restrictions with an implant-supported dental bridge as no matter what you eat, you will enjoy the stability, support, and strength of a zirconia bridge that is implanted into the jaw bone. However, certain foods can cause damage to the bridge over time and cause premature replacement, such as chewing on nuts, hard candy, toffee, caramel, or ice.