Dental Implants have a definite edge over the traditional restorations for lost teeth. There are situations where conventional implants are not advisable for tooth replacement. In these cases, the installation of mini implants can be greatly helpful.

Who Can Benefit from Mini Dental Implants?

Mini dental implants are very useful, especially in cases where conventional nger implants cannot be placed for various reason. You can benefit from mini dental implants if you do not want or cannot receive the traditional solutions like conventional implants, fixed bridges, upper or lower implant supported dentures, and other means for replacing your missing teeth.

Some of the cases where we offer mini dental implants to our patients:

  • Insufficient Bone Density – The success of dental implants is dependent upon the quality of the residual jaw bone. If the quality and quantity of the remaining jaw bone is good, then there are very high chances that the implants will remain retentive and functional for a lifetime.
  • Unfit for Surgical Procedures to Enhance Bone Quality – In some cases, Dr. Amit Shah, D.D.S at Tustin Smiles will perform various allied surgical procedures that will attempt to improve the quality of the residual upper and lower jaw bone. Some of these procedure include sinus lift, alveoloplasty, and bone augmentation. However, patients who suffer from any type of chronic illness or malignancy are not fit for surgical procedures. In these cases, Dr. Shah may choose to forego surgery and replace your missing teeth with mini implants, as they require much less bone density for proper retention and functionality.
  • Insufficient Space Available – After a natural tooth is lost, its opposing tooth gradually grows into the vacant space. If that happens, then it is usually not possible to place conventional implants into the space. Instead, mini implants that are shorter in height can be implanted, fitting in very easily.

What are these Permanent Implants Made of?

Mini dental implants are made of the same material as the standard implants – titanium alloy. However, mini implants are quite smaller in size. They are primarily titanium posts with a ball (precision attachment) attached at the exterior end. After the implant is screwed into the jaw, bone grows and integrates with it over the course of three to six months. A suitable restoration is then fitted onto this precision attachment via a socket and a rubber O ring.

What is the Difference Between Conventional and Mini Dental Implants?

The difference between standard and mini implants is primarily the size. The diameters of mini implants range from 1.8 to 3.3 mm, while regular implants are 3.4 to 5.8 mm wide.

Another difference is that a mini implant is a two-piece structure, whereas the standard implant is a three-piece object. Standard implants have the abutment applied to the body separately. Mini implants can usually be installed in one visit only and using only simple local anesthesia. Sutures are rarely required if you receive mini implants.

Single Tooth, Multiple Teeth and Full Mouth Restoration

Mini dental implants can be used for similar purposes as conventional ones. Some of the uses include:

  • Single tooth restoration – If you needed a single tooth replacement in past years, it would have to be in the form of a bridge – taking support from your remaining good teeth and weakening them in the process. Mini implants do away with that. Once the replacement tooth is placed on the implant rooted into the jaw bone, it is just like a natural tooth.
  • Multiple teeth restoration– Multiple teeth can be supported with individual implants and be like your natural teeth. But supporting two or three teeth on a single implant is also possible for economy.
  • Full mouth restoration – A full mouth restoration is a thorough and complete procedure, affecting teeth, jaws, lips, and everything else found within. It is normally executed as an aesthetic measure. We offer several options to our esteemed patients regarding complete mouth rehabilitation.

Permanent Teeth Replacements at Tustin Smile, Orange County CA

  • Enjoy a Natural Feeling – Teeth replacements via mini dental implants are just like regrowing your own set of natural teeth. Teeth that are supported by mini implants are firmly rooted in the jaw bone, just like your natural teeth. They are lifelong replacements, far superior to conventional replacements like bridges and dentures. Just like natural teeth, mini implant supported restorations require regular hygiene, like brushing twice daily and flossing. And just like your natural teeth, a visit to your dentist twice a year will be enough.
  • Say Goodbye to Your Dentures – Dentures that are supported by mini implants do not have the weaknesses of conventional dentures. These permanent Dentures will not fall out of your mouth at the most inopportune time. They are always in your mouth, and do not have to be kept in soaking solutions over night. They do not cause gum shrinkage or bone loss. And of course, there are no relining visits required.

In short, mini dental implant supported restorations are as good as your natural teeth!

Mini Dental Implants — Permanent Dentures, Fixed Bridges, Teeth Replacement

So what have you gleaned out of the above discussion? Just the simple fact that mini dental implants are the single best solution to all your restoration problems. Whether it is a single tooth to be replaced, or more than one tooth. Whether they are adjacent or in different parts of the jaw. It could be a complete denture, or a full mouth restoration. This may be the best, most convenient, and most reliable solutions to all your tooth replacement needs.

Implant supported restorations offer you a worry-free solution, requiring no more than regular hygiene practice and routine bi-annual visits to the dentist.