Paradise Center for Dentures and Implants
A mini-implant is a miniature titanium implant with a round head that is placed into your jaw, which acts like the root of your tooth and has a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture, The head of the implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. An o-ring is placed into your denture to snap your denture securely in place. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
How are Mini Implants placed?
Mini-implant placement is accomplished quickly and easily in a procedure performed in our office with just Novocain or if you prefer, we can use oral conscious sedation to help make you more comfortable. A small hole is placed in your gum and the mini-implants are gently screwed into the bone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation that your denture will actually SNAP tightly on to and secure itself.
What are the benefits of Mini Dental implants?
Mini dental implants in Paradise, California, allow for a greater number of patients to qualify for dental implants. Mini dental implants are less invasive and require less bone structure to be inserted, which makes mini implants a possible option when traditional implants are not. Mini dental implants also allow for faster operation and recovery times, which is convenient for our patients and decreases costs.
Dental implants can help restore the beauty, health, and function of your smile. If you would like more information on dental implants and how you may benefit from implant dentistry, we invite you to call or visit us today to talk to our helpful dentists and dental team.
What is the difference between Standard Implants and Mini Implants?
Mini implants are smaller and more slender than standard implants, as the name suggests. Standard implants have an estimated healing time of about 6 months before the final restoration can be placed while mini implants have about a 3 month healing time. So why even go with standard? It depends upon your personal anatomy and what your bone structure can support. This is determined by the use of 3-D and panoramic X-rays. A 3-D X-ray is similar to a CT scan and checks bone density, nerve and sinus location, and where the best placement for an implant would be. Both standard and mini implants can be used for single tooth replacements, or for anchoring a bridge, or full or partial or dentures. However, mini implants are more common for anchoring dentures and standard implants are more common for single tooth restorations. Your personal treatment plan can be determined with an implant evaluation in our office with Dr. Scott Hanosh or Dr. Beau Hunter and their hard working team of dental professionals.