What are mini dental implants?
Mini implants, as the name suggests, are miniature versions of traditional dental implants. Mini implants are easier to tolerate than larger implants and this often makes them a viable option for patients who may have been advised against traditional implants due to lack of bone density in the jaw bone.
Mini implants can also be attached to dentures to provide greater stability and they often prove a really effective solution for patients who have had trouble with ill-fitting dentures in the past. With implant-retained dentures, the dentures are supported by mini implants and this means that they are held firmly in place and cannot slip.
How are mini implants fitted?
The procedure to fit mini implants is less invasive than traditional implants and recovery time is quicker. We usually carry out the procedure under local anaesthetic, but we can also provide sedation for patients who feel nervous or apprehensive. We use a highly accurate, minimally-invasive technique to gently place the implants in sockets in the jaw bone. The head of the implants protrude through the gum tissue and can be attached to a new restoration, such as a denture.
Treatment usually involves a single procedure and you can enjoy the benefits straightaway, rather than having to wait for months like you do with most traditional implant systems. After the implants have been fitted, they can be attached to the denture immediately and you can enjoy your new smile, as well as eating and speaking with ease and confidence.
If you’d like to find out more about mini dental implants or you’re keen to book a consultation, bob in when you’re next in Leeds or simply give us a call. Your City Dental dentist will be able to talk you through the process, highlight the pros and cons and carry out test to check your suitability for treatment.