Mini dental implants are essentially small diameter titanium screws that mimic the structure and function of a natural tooth root. They are often used to hold removable dentures in place, but can also be used to replace a single missing tooth. In most cases, they can be placed during the same appointment as a tooth extraction. As a leading provider of mini dental implants in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Harvey Chin can help you decide on the right type of implant.
Mini dental implants are small titanium screws that are implanted in the jaw bone. Over the course of a few months, the implants become fused with the jaw bone and cannot be removed without additional surgery. In many cases, a denture is attached to the implants for stability.
With full dental implants, several office visits are required to place the implants and attach the crowns and abutments over the course of several months. However, mini dental implants eliminate the need for a long recovery time and can be placed in a single visit. The smaller size also makes them easier to place and requires less healing time. As a result, they can be set in place during the same appointment as a tooth extraction. Dentures or single crowns can be attached to the implants on the same day as well.
The placement of mini dental implants is designed to be as quick and easy as possible. Dr. Chin will first administer a local anesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort. Then, an extremely precise surgical method is used to set the mini dental implants in their exact locations. In contrast to a full implant procedure, this is a simple one step treatment that requires no sutures or long healing periods.
|Traditional Implants||Next Generation Implants|
|Cost||More Expensive||Less Expensive|
|Treatment Time||Several visits over 8-18 months (depending on need for bone augmentation procedures.)||Treatment is often completed in just one visit.|
|Surgery||Invasive surgery; more traumatic potential; requires incisions and stitches||Much less invasive surgery; less traumatic potential; usually requires no incisions, and no stitches|
|Hole Diameter||Big hole; relatively large screw needs a substantial hole in the jaw bone||Smaller implant means smaller hole in the bone|
|Recovery Time||Substantial recovery time||Quick recovery time|
|Reliability and Durability||Excellent||Excellent|
|Bone Grafting Surgery||Sometimes necessary||Not necessary|
|Medications||Surgery requires patients to stop using blood thinners||Procedure does not require change in medications|