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Mini Dental Implants in Pearland, TX

There are millions of Americans that are missing at least one tooth and dental implants are quickly becoming one of the most popular treatment options. Dental implants replace the missing tooth with 3 pieces:

  • Implant: a screw that is implanted into the jawbone
  • Abutment: a post that is attached to the screw to provide a base for the prosthetic tooth
  • Crown: the prosthetic tooth that is designed to look, function, and feel like your natural teeth

Mini dental implants are typically used to provide stability for a lower denture- but can be placed anywhere in a patient’s mouth to replace one or more missing teeth.

Unfortunately, from time to time, we have patients who we are unable to do dental implants on- which is where mini dental implants are useful. Dr. Afroz Burges specializes in all types of dental restorations, including dental implants and mini dental implants. If you are in or near Pearland, Texas, and in need of dental implants or other restorative procedures, schedule your consultation today.

What are mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are approximately half the size of standard dental implant rods and are made up of 2 parts. While traditional dental implants take months, mini dental implant surgery can be done in one day. This means that patients who typically would not be able to get dental implants can have access to this option.

However, before we can determine if you are a candidate for mini dental implants, we will need to perform a panoramic x-ray and, in some cases, a Cone Beam CT scan- especially if you have a narrow ridge. Once we’ve determined that you meet the requirements for mini dental implants, we’ll move forward with the procedure.

Placement of mini dental implants is considered a minimally invasive oral surgery. In a typical mini dental implant surgery, with 4 implants being placed in the patient’s lower arch, you’ll spend about 1 hour in the dental chair. This is considered a same-day dental implant procedure, also known as teeth in a day.

The standard steps for placing mini dental implants are as follows:

  • Administering of anesthetic
  • Holes drilled in the jawbone where mini dental implants will be placed
  • Each mini implant is screwed in place and tightened with a wrench
  • Prosthetic measured against mini implants to determine hole placement
  • Prosthetic sent to the lab to have holes drilled to fit the overdenture

Once the denture has been modified to fit your mini dental implants, you’ll come back to the office to have it placed. This tooth replacement should last a lifetime.

The cost of mini dental implants is much lower than traditional dental implants. Being done by a qualified dental surgeon Dr. Afroz Burges DDS, PA,  your mini dental implants would be safe and heal faster than traditional dental implants.

Are mini dental implants the right solution for your problem?

Mini dental implants, just like standard dental implants, are designed to look, act, and feel like your natural teeth. However, they are different from standard implants because they are smaller, and the procedure is less invasive. You may be curious to know if you’d be a good candidate for mini dental implants in Pearland, TX and we want to give you the support and the information you need to choose the most appropriate tooth restoration option to get your smile back.

First of all, since mini dental implants are a tooth replacement option, you need to be missing at least one tooth in order to be a good candidate for this procedure. The cause of your missing tooth or teeth doesn’t matter- it can be due to decay, car accidents, sports injuries, or any other reason.

During your consultation, Dr. Burges will have 3D x-rays done of your mouth to determine if mini dental implants are the best option for you. If you’ve been missing a tooth for an extended time, your jaw may have lost bone mass and is unable to support a full dental implant- which would make you a candidate for mini dental implants. A mini dental implant does the same thing a regular implant does, it’s just smaller, allowing it to be placed where a traditional implant will not fit.

Another benefit of mini dental implants is that it’s a non-invasive procedure. Therefore, even if you have a medical condition that would require additional precautions- such as taking blood thinners, you may still be a candidate.  

If you are curious about whether or not mini dental implants are the right solution for your problem, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly staff at Dr. Afroz Burges, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Pearland, TX to schedule your consultation. We can work with you to help you find the best solution for your dental issues. During the consultation, feel free to bring up any questions or concerns you might have.

Why do you need a dental surgeon to do your mini dental implants?

A dental surgeon is a professional that has undergone an extra 4 to 6 years beyond their Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or their Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) training in a hospital, learning and refining their surgical skills. While dental surgeons are capable of practicing general dentistry, most choose to focus on oral surgeries. Dr. Afroz Burges DDS, PA provides a variety of dental services, including general and family dentistry, root canals, dental implants, mini dental implants, and more.

She has made a name for herself as one of the best general and cosmetic dentists in the state of Texas. She has a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has the experience and expertise to provide phenomenal dental care to all patients.

One of the main reasons you need a dental surgeon to do your dental implants is because the rate of success is much higher. Dental surgeons not only have the training and experience when dealing with dental implants but they are equipped to deal with the various complications that may arise.

Why do you need a dental surgeon to do your mini dental implants?

When patients who are missing teeth visit Dr. Afroz Burges, DDS, PA Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Pearland, we typically recommend dental implants. However, not all patients are good candidates for traditional dental implants, so we need to do mini dental implants instead. The cost for mini dental implants of are also comparably lesser than full-on dental implants.

Both of these are great for replacing missing teeth. However, they differ in both structure and procedure. A traditional dental implant may take months to complete, while most mini dental implants can be done in one day.

Why do you need a dental surgeon to do your mini dental implants?

One of the major advantages of mini dental implants is that they are ideal for patients who have significant bone loss in their jawbone. For example, patients who have had dentures for several years have likely lost the bony structure of their jawbone- but adding 4 to 6 mini implants can secure the lower denture in place, giving the patient back their confidence.

For patients who have lost so much bone that standard implants are not possible, and they want to avoid bone grafting, mini dental implants may work.

Another major advantage is that it eliminates the need for major surgery. Mini dental implants are designed to expedite the implant process and eliminate the need for bone grafting.

Finally, mini dental implants don’t cost as much as traditional implants, which can be quite expensive- especially when you have to make multiple visits to the office.

Some of the other benefits of mini dental implants over traditional dental implants are:

  • Better smelling breath
  • High rate of success
  • Dentures fit better
  • Can be fitted to your current dentures
  • Easy to clean
  • Easier to chew/bite
  • No longer need adhesives/bonding agents
  • Speak clearer
  • Permanent

If you are in or near Pearland, Texas, and are missing one or more teeth, contact Dr. Afroz Burges, DDS, PA, and schedule your consultation. We can get your smile and confidence back!

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