Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are titanium screws that Oral Surgeons use to replace missing teeth. A mini dental implant is a dental implant that is much smaller in diameter. The implant performs the function of the root, anchoring a bridge or denture. Mid Manhattan Oral Surgery utilizes mini dental implants to better meet the needs of some patients. Typical applications of mini dental implants are to help better seat dentures and for assisting with orthodontic treatments.
Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants offer you and your oral surgeon many benefits. For example:
- The surgical risk is lower
- The success rate is very high
- Eliminate or reduce the need for bone graft or sinus lift
- Placement of a mini dental implant may not require a gum flap, this often means less swelling after the procedure, shorter recovery time
- Fit in small tight spaces that may lack bone to support implants
- More affordable than standard dental implants
When Are Mini Dental Implants Recommended?
Patients who use a removable denture find that over time the fit is not as secure or snug. This may lead to difficulty chewing or speaking. Because mini dental implants utilize an O ring on a ball cap to seals the connection between the denture and the implant, the fit to the gums is more comfortable and natural. Mini implant supported dentures withstand the forces of chewing better than dentures without implants.
Patients with insufficient bone density to support a normal implant are also candidates for mini implants. Because the diameter of the mini implant is less than one-third as wide as a regular dental implant these procedures may help select patients avoid the need for bone grafting to support osseointegration.
If you believe that you may benefit from mini dental implants please contact Mid Manhattan Oral Surgeon Dr. Calat by calling 212-696-2677 or email us.