Mini Dental Implants
Dentists consider dental implants as the ultimate way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are small screws made of titanium that are surgically placed in the bone or gums to serve as replacement tooth roots. Later, the replacement tooth or teeth are attached to the top of the implants to complete the restoration.
Different cases call for different types of dental implants. Full-sized dental implants are often used when the bone at the implant site is thick and tall enough for successful placement. When the bone is thin, a special type of implant can be used to restore the tooth without requiring bone grafting: mini dental implants.
What are Mini Implants?
The mini implant, or small-diameter implant, is about half the diameter of full-sized teeth implants. They can be used to replace individual teeth or used to anchor a complete set of upper or lower dentures. Mini dental implants can be placed in stages or in one appointment.
While dental implant procedure placement takes as much planning as regular implant surgery, mini implants can be placed in one visit. Dr. Heuerman uses a guide placed over your gums when embedding the mini implant directly into the tissue. The dental implant is adjusted to make sure it is secure and stable. Immediately after placement, the temporary replacement teeth or denture can be placed on top.
You read that right, as soon as your implant procedure is complete, we will place your tooth restoration on top. That means you can walk out of our office with a functioning set of teeth after just one procedure!
Because the mini implant is smaller and skinnier, it can be placed even if the area lacks sufficient bone. Placement is quick and less invasive than regular implant placement, allowing for minimal trauma and faster recovery. Many patients can eat normally a few hours after the dental implant procedure!
Are you a candidate for mini dental implants? Find out today by talking to your implant dentist in Waterford, MI. Call 248-461-3764 to make an appointment or schedule a consultation using our online form.