A Look at Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are generally used as a quicker and less expensive alternative to traditional dental implants. While implants are starting to take over from traditional dentures as the ideal way to replace a missing tooth, the use of mini implants is also on the rise. Here we’ll take a look at the procedure and how the implants work.

How does the Mini Dental Implants Treatment Work?

Mini implants are so easy to fit that it could easily be done under 3 hours and you could be back to your normal life, eating all those foods you weren’t able to before.

The mini implant consists of an alloy made of titanium that will act like a root for the designated tooth. There is a fixture that is in the base of the denture. The head of the denture is in the shape of a ball while the retaining fixture will act like a socket. A rubber o-ring has been incorporated to make this possible.

The o-ring makes it possible for the denture to easily and securely fit into the implant. The denture will rest gently on your gum tissue causing no pain at all. The diameter of each implant is so small and is around 2mm. This helps broaden the scope for dentist to fit them.

Who will benefit from the mini implants?

Nearly each and every person with dentures will benefit from these implants. It all depends on how much bone is available for the dentist to work on. Suitable candidates include:

  • People who will not be able to complete lengthy hours of dentistry will opt for this form of treatment.
  • Those that don’t have a lot of bone for the standard dentures they will still have a chance to have perfectly fitted dentures.
  • Patients that don’t have thousands of dollars for other procedures- it can be done at a low price

You won’t even need to go into theatre to perform the procedure; it can easily be done in the dentist chair with local anaesthetic. With mini dental implants you will be able to live your life to the fullest!

 

 

Dental Implants – The process

Though dental care has improved significantly over the years, there are still millions of people who suffer tooth loss.  The loss of teeth can be mostly traced to tooth decay, gum disease/gingivitis, and injury.  In the past, tooth loss treatment options were limited primarily to bridges and dentures, but today missing teeth may be replaced via dental implant surgery. Many thanks to David Cashel, an experienced dental implants practitioner from Glasgow for providing us with the following excellent information.

What Are Dental Implants

A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that’s purpose is to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.  The implants serve as a strong foundation for either fixed or removable replacement teeth that match the patient’s natural teeth.  It’s a great alternative to dentures or in cases were bridgework doesn’t fit perfectly.  Ideally, dental implant candidates should have good general and oral health.  They should have healthy gums, free from periodontal disease, and their jaw must have adequate bone to support the implant.

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There are two types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.  Endosteal implants are placed in the bone and are the most common type of implant, typically used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.  They come in a variety of forms including screws, cylinders, or blades which are surgically placed into the jawbone, but all perform the same function of holding one or more prosthetic teeth.  Subperiosteal implants are placed on the bone so that the metal framework’s posts come out through the gum to hold the prothesis.  This type of implant is preferred for patients who can’t wear regular dentures and have minimal bone height.

The Dental Implant Process

The surgical procedure for dental implants is dependent on the type of implant that will be used and the patient’s jawbone condition.  Regardless, all dental implant surgeries are done in a series of stages and multiple procedures.  One of the biggest benefits of implants is the solid support for new teeth, however, this requires an extended healing period of several months.

Typically dental implants are done through outpatient surgery in stages.  If a damaged tooth is present it is first removed, the jawbone must then be prepared for surgery, sometimes using a bone graft.  After adequate healing time, the oral surgeon can place the implant into your jawbone which then must heal before completing the last phase of placing the abutment (extension of implant post) and the artificial tooth (crown).  The entire dental implant process from start to finish will usually be three to nine months, sometimes longer, with most of the time dedicated to the healing of the bone around the implant.

When Bone Grafting is Necessary

For patients whose jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, a bone graft is required before surgery and will extend the process as much as nine months.  This is to ensure a solid base for the implant and prevent the pressure from mouth chewing action from pulverizing the new implant.  Bone grafting for implants is done by transplanting bone from another part of your body into your jawbone.

Placement of Dental Implants

The oral surgeon makes a cut to open gums and expose the bone where the implant will be put.  Holes are then drilled into the bone where the implant post will be deeply buried in the bone, imitating a tooth root.  Though you still have a gap from the missing tooth, it is possible at this stage to place a removable temporary denture.  From here osseointegration, the process of healing and bone growth that integrates the artificial implant with your natural jawbone, begins and may take up to half a year.

The Abutment and New Artificial Teeth

After osseointegration is completed, the oral surgeon places the abutment, the attachment piece for the crown, in a minor procedure.  The abutment is often placed in the same procedure as the actual implant, but because it protrudes from the gumline some people choose to have it placed afterwards for appearances.  Healing time is usually one to two weeks before the final tooth placement.

When gums have fully healed, several impressions are made of the patient’s mouth and remaining teeth to create a realistic-looking artificial tooth (the crown).  There are two main types, a removable implant that functions similarly to the conventional denture and a fixed implant prosthesis that is either permanently screwed of cemented to the abutment.  The latter are the more expensive option.

Post-Surgery Expectations

Similar to other dental surgeries, the healing process immediately following surgery may include typical discomforts such as swelling of gums and face, bruising on skin and gums, pain, and minor bleeding.  If symptoms worsen, it’s important to consult your surgeon.  Post-surgery diet usually involves liquids and soft foods for as long as 10 t0 14 days.  Oral surgeons will typically use self-dissolving stitches, but if not, stitches are usually removed about 10 days after surgery.

 

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20009052

https://www.perio.org/consumer/dental-implants

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants#3

Dental Implants – What You Should Know

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Do you have damaged teeth or one or more that are missing? Have you decided it’s time to do something about it? If so, the good news is that there is a whole industry dedicated to helping you get the help you want. However, the bad news is that, with so many options to choose from, you could wind up picking the wrong one. To help with your decision, click the link to visit the Association of Dental Implantologists – you should also think about the following reasons why so many people love dental implants.

Second Only to the Real Thing

In just about every way that matters, dental implants are basically the best option besides actual teeth. Dental implants are stable, strong and durable. Best of all, though, it looks and feels the part perfectly. No one will notice your implant is fake and you’ll quickly start treating it like the real thing: talking, eating, laughing, etc. without issue.

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Long Lasting

Dental implants need very little maintenance from you. Every once in a while, they may need an adjustment, but that’s hard from an emergency procedure and the same dentist who helped with the implant can take care of it for you. However, with proper care, your implants will be with you for your entire life.

Now compare that to some of the best alternatives. For example, traditional bridges that rely on your other teeth need to be replaced ever five years or so. If you take great care of them, they may make it closer to seven to 10, but that’s it.

Stay in Place

No matter how good they look or real they feel, no one wants to deal with fake teeth that are going to run the risk of exposing themselves at some point. Most of us have heard horror stories from people who had their teeth fall out or click around while they were in a social situation. This is embarrassing in the moment and sometimes lasts for minutes until you can get them back into place.

You’ll never have to worry about dental implants causing this kind of problem for you though. Once they’re in place, they literally become a part of your body. It’s virtually impossible for them to come loose. In fact, if you did decided you wanted them removed, you’d have to have a professional do the procedure for you.

As a result, people with dental implants tend to be far more confident. They don’t dodge social situations or have problems being outgoing and expressing themselves.

Stay in the Entire Time

Along the same lines, you’re never needing to take out dental implants to drop them in a cup at night so you can wake up to a fresh smile. Never again worry about running out of solution to keep your teeth in or the fact that you knocked the glass over at night. Don’t ever worry that someone will notice the utensils in your room and realize your smile isn’t real.

When you go to sleep at night, the dental implants join you.

Protect the Rest of Your Mouth

Going with dental implants ensures that the hole in your mouth where the other tooth used to be is now covered. This helps in a big way by ensuring that diseases like gingivitis can no longer sneak in and cause serious problems for you.

Plus, as implants don’t depend on other teeth in your mouth like dental bridges, you don’t have to worry about a real tooth having to get ground down or otherwise adjusted to prepare them for the procedure.

For all these reasons and more, dental implants make a great solution for those who would like a smile free of missing teeth.