What's Difference in Mini Implants?

By Heritage Hunt Dental
June 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you tired of dentures that slip, making clear speech and efficient chewing nearly impossible? Would you like your smile to feel and dental implantslook as natural as possible? Then mini dental implants from Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA may be right for you.

Dr. Chris Houser offers these state-of-the-art tooth replacements to patients in good oral and systemic health. Smaller than standard dental implants, mini implants boast a high retention rate and rarely need replacement. In fact, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that all kinds of dental implants succeed 95 percent of the time.

The difference between standard and mini dental implants

All dental implants are made from bone-building titanium, a metal that actually bonds to human bone through a natural process called osseointegration. Osseointegration is the secret behind the strength, longevity and natural feel of any type of dental implant. It avoids the bone and gum recession which happens after tooth loss.

The most common implant procedure is the single-tooth implant. This artificial tooth is made up of a titanium screw, a metal extension post, and a porcelain crown. Other restorative treatments include multiple single-tooth implants and stabilization of dentures and bridgework with implants.

While both mini dental implants and standard dental implants are placed right into the jaw during a simple in-office surgery at Heritage Hunt Dental, the mini implant differs from its larger counterpart in a few significant ways:

  1. Mini dental implants in Gainesville are about half the diameter of regular implants. Both are screw-like in appearance, but the mini version is more slender and requires less jaw bone density to place.
  2. Mini dental implants need less healing time than standard implants. In fact, some patients can bite and chew on their mini implants the very same day as their procedures.
  3. Used to stabilize loose dentures or bridgework, these small titanium devices usually are inserted in multiples for maximum security.

Qualifying for dental implants

To determine if you are a candidate for any type of dental implant, Dr. Houser performs a complete oral examination which includes digital X-rays and other kinds of imaging to ensure your mouth is healthy and your jaw bone adequately sized and strong. Jaws that have thin bone or are too narrow may be strengthened with donor tissue or other augmentation methods.

Additionally, Dr. Houser says ideal implant patients brush twice daily and floss each day to keep implant sites clear of plaque and its associated bacteria. Six-month check-ups and professional cleanings are musts. Plus, he recommends wearing a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth and stopping tobacco usage if possible--both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

Find out more

You could have a strong, beautiful smile more quickly than you ever thought possible. Please contact Heritage Hunt Dental today for an implant consultation with Dr. Houser. Be sure to bring your questions about mini dental implants. Call the Gainesville, VA office at (703) 754-5800.


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