If you have lost teeth but don’t want the conventional restoration option, you have another option available at your disposal—mini dental implants. Mini dental implants are smaller versions of the conventional dental implant. To be a good candidate for dental implants, having sufficient bone mass in the jaw is required.
For patients who are not considered a suitable candidate for the traditional dental implants, mini dental implants can be a great option. Mini dental implants consist of a small titanium rod, around the diameter of a toothpick. Mini dental implants also have a small ball on the exposed end.
If you are considering getting mini dental implants and would like to know if it is the best option for you, below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about mini dental implants:
What are mini dental implants?
Mini dental implants are individual titanium posts that’s set into the jawbone to stabilize replacement teeth. The implant’s head is shaped like a ball. It also fits snugly over the fixture that’s installed in the base of the denture or the replacement teeth.
The fixture will function like a socket and will contain a rubber O-ring that will snap over the ball of the mini dental implant and can hold the denture or replacement teeth firmly in place. Once seated, the denture or replacement teeth will gently rest on the gum tissue.
How can denture wearers benefit from mini dental implants?
Many people who wear dentures suffer from ill-fitting or loose ones. This is not only embarrassing, it can also cause problems when eating certain foods. Fortunately, mini dental implants provide stability to dentures and help ensure that they fit snugly in the mouth.
How successful is the procedure?
Many dentists have successfully used mini dental implants for several decades now. Under the care of a seasoned, trained, and qualified dentist, mini dental implants rarely fail. To help ensure mini dental implants last for a very long time, patients should look after it accordingly by observing proper oral care and hygiene.
Am I a good candidate for mini dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to undergo tooth extraction, you are usually qualified to get mini dental implants. Sufficient jaw in the bone and good overall health are two of the primary considerations. If you have a missing tooth (or teeth) secondary to disease, decay, or injury may be good candidates for mini dental implants.
How much will the treatment take me back?
The cost of mini dental implants will depend on several factors. For instance, the number of teeth that’s being replaced and if there are other procedures required like bone grafts. It is recommended that you check with your dentist to obtain a specific fee estimate for your case.
How long will mini dental implants last?
While conventional dental implants can last for years (even a lifetime), there’s no guarantee how long an implant can last since many factors can contribute to the longevity of implants.
A small percentage of dental implants can fail for different reasons regardless of the type of implant that is placed. If a mini dental implant fails, it can be removed easily. In some instances, a few months of healing period or bone grafting may be recommended.
Am I too old to get mini dental implants?
Physical condition or age will not affect the success of mini dental implants. If you have good oral and overall health, you can be a great candidate for mini dental implants. The low cost and ease of the procedure even makes mini dental implants an ideal fit for seniors.