WHAT ARE MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS?
At Keene Dentistry & Implants, we offer mini dental implants to patients seeking to replace a lost tooth without any conventional restorations. Patients with sufficient bone mass in the jaw are candidates for mini dental implants. Mini dental implants, like regular implants, are metal replacement tooth roots that are surgical fixtures positioned into the jawbone beneath the gums and require less invasive surgery compared to regular dental implants making it a better option amongst some of our patients.
HOW DO MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK?
Like regular dental implants, mini implants provide a snug and fit support making tasks such as, eating and speaking easy for the patients unlike conventional dentures or bridges that occasionally shift in the mouth. Mini dental implants are slightly smaller in size but acquire a similar structure to that of regular dental implants. They consist of two parts; a titanium abutment with a ball on its end and a rubber O-ring that attaches the tooth to the abutment.
PROCEDURE FOR A MINI DENTAL IMPLANT
At Keene Dentistry & Implants, the procedure performed for mini dental implants consists of an in-office procedure where local anesthesia and light oral sedation is given to make our patients more comfortable. During the first visit, patients are scheduled for surgical placement of the implant followed by a second dental visit approximately three to six months later to restore the tooth with a dental crown. Dentists at Keene Dentistry & Implants utilize an accurately controlled and minimally invasive surgical technique to place the mini dental implants into the jawbone. If the patient has healthy and sufficient jaw bone the procedure may be completed in just one dental visit with minimal downtime. However, if bone grafting is needed, a longer healing process is essential.
HOW LONG DO MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?
Dentist professionals at Keene Dentistry & Implants recommend that patients acquire proper care of their mini dental implants by practicing and maintaining good oral habits of brushing and flossing the teeth regularly. We are more than happy to assist patients about whether mini dental implants are suitable for them to lead a quality life.