Mini Dental Implant
Dental implants can be used to replace and restore missing teeth. Implants come with a variety of options based on your individual needs including the prosthetic being used. Mini dental implants can be used as a temporary restoration while bone is growing, or with specific prosthodontics. Working with our staff at Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS, we can evaluate and make a recommendation specific to your needs which may include the use of a mini implant.
Standard dental implants are used as a rebuilt tooth root, reestablishing connection with the jawbone. Mini implants perform a similar task, but they are not embedded in the bone. Mini implants are sunk into the soft tissue allowing for a firm hold without the bone support. Patients may choose a mini implant because:
Mini implants are often considered a temporary restoration, they do not have the same permanent holding that standard implants have.
Placing Your Mini Dental Implant
Your treatment begins with the application of a local anesthetic, or we may recommend a conscious sedation option depending on other factors. Once the patient is comfortable, we then insert the mini implant by pressing it into the gum tissue at a very specific location predetermined with digital radiology during your consultation. The process is actually quite simple, in many situations there is no drilling or cutting of the tissue. Many mini implant placements do not require holes to be pre-drilled because the threads of the implant are designed to grab onto your tissue. Once placed, we rarely need to apply sutures or stitches as the tissue should be fitted around the implant.
The prosthetic tooth is then secured onto the mini implant. We will check for a secure fit and provide aftercare information. You will want to be aware of signs of infection, any unusual bleeding or swelling. We will also advise you on the foods that can and should not be eaten with the tooth. We will check the status of your mini implant following placement to ensure that it is holding correctly.