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:
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 are not good candidates for dental implants. In this situation mini dental implants might be an alternative option. 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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!