Mini dental implants can be a good option for patients looking to replace lost teeth without using conventional restorations. Some people prefer to avoid the invasive surgery required for conventional dental implants, while others do not have sufficient bone mass in their jaws to hold them securely.
Your dentist can replace missing teeth using bridges, dentures or dental implants. Bridges and dentures are false teeth that sit on the gum’s surface and do nothing to stimulate jawbone growth. Dental implants, on the other hand, are inserted into the jawbone so that they cannot be removed. Your dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon performs the surgical procedure to place a titanium post into your jawbone, where the bone fuses around the implant in about three to six months.
Once the implant is fused in your jawbone, we uncover the implant and attach a small post to act as an anchor for the artificial tooth.
Most patients prefer dental implants to dentures because they don’t shift or slip as dentures sometimes do, much to the embarrassment of the denture wearer. For the best results, you need sufficiently healthy bone in your jaw to act as a stable anchor for the dentures or restorations.