Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants offer the same benefits associated with traditional dental implants but are less expensive and easier to place. Because mini implants are smaller in diameter than full-size dental implants, they eliminate the need for bone graft surgery for many patients with low jaw bone density. Placement is also faster with mini implants. For these reasons, more patients are choosing mini implants to replace missing teeth with dentures or permanent crowns.
Like traditional dental implants, mini dental implants offer stable tooth replacement, easy dental hygiene and protection against jaw bone deterioration. Their smaller size means that only one appointment is necessary rather than the two to three required for placing traditional dental implants. Ease of placement also makes complications less likely to occur and reduces discomfort during the procedure.
Our Los Angeles dental implants expert begins mini dental implant placement by administering local anesthesia. With a small drill, our dentist creates holes in the jaw bone. Next, our dentist places an attachment cap atop each implant. Finally, dentures or permanent crowns are secured to the mini implants depending on the goals of the patient. Because the procedure is less invasive than with traditional dental implants, stitches are unnecessary, and most patients finish healing within just a few weeks.
Mini implants make dental implants an option for more patients who have missing teeth. Because less time is necessary to place mini implants, patients experience less disruption of their daily lives. In addition, most patients can quickly return to their normal eating habits following surgery. Patients should have good oral health and fully developed jaws in order to qualify for this procedure. However, patients will need to schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out whether they definitely qualify for mini implants.
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