Mini Dental Implants
You may be looking to get a replacement for missing teeth with restorations such as dental implants, however, the jaw does not have adequate bone mass to hold regular implants. It also may be that you are not a candidate for surgery. These issues do not mean that you cannot get teeth replacements. The placement of mini dental implants at Smiles of Tulsa offers you the perfect solution to your problem.
The Need for Dental Implants
Tooth loss is more common than most people realize, and it can be a serious problem for anyone. After losing teeth, most people's self-esteem plummets and their speech patterns change. Furthermore, there may be significant risks to the jaw and tooth placement. Dental implants are usually the best option for the majority of people. Traditional dental implants are larger and necessitate the removal of more tooth structures, which is not an option for everyone. Mini dental implants can help with this.
What Exactly Are Mini Dental Implants?
A single-piece screw slightly smaller than 3 millimeters or slightly more than a tenth of an inch is used in modern mini dental implants. Traditional dental implant screws have a diameter ranging from 3.25 mm to 5 mm and are typically made up of two parts. Mini dental implants may benefit people who are not candidates for traditional dental implants. However, they are not suitable for everyone who has lost teeth.
Mini Dental Implants Procedure
A dentist obtains dental x-rays to see where the implant screws will exactly be placed. Once the x-ray is taken, the dentist puts you under a local anesthetic, allowing you to remain numbed during the procedure. A small hole is made in the jaw using a special dental drill. The dentist places the implant post into the hole and tightens it. A replacement tooth is fixed to the post.
In most cases, mini implants do not need the drilling of holes before fitting the screw. The reason is that the threads of the post tend to be enough to secure themselves in the bone.
Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
One significant advantage of the mini dental implant procedure is that it requires significantly less tissue and bone removal than traditional dental implants. Only a small area needs to be numbed when placing mini dental implants.This method is less invasive and, potentially, less painful than traditional dental implants.
Due to their smaller size and the minimally invasive procedure used to insert them, mini dental implants allow for a faster recovery time for many patients. Bone grafting is not required, which adds complexity, time, and discomfort to the conventional implant procedure. In patients who lack the necessary jaw mass, jawbone grafting is frequently required before conventional dental implants can be placed. The implication of all these advantages is that the mini dental implant process will often result in faster outcomes. The replacement teeth can be bonded even on the same day that the mini dental implants have been placed.
If you are looking for a reputable dentist to conduct your mini dental implant procedure, visit Smiles of Tulsa. Reach out to us at (918) 891-3059 and let us help you through the mini dental implant placement process.