If you are one of the estimated 178 million Americans missing at least one tooth, you may hide your smile because you feel embarrassed. But whether you lost your teeth because of periodontal disease, cavities, or a traumatic injury, there is an effective, long-term solution to replace those teeth. Dental implants replicate your natural teeth, creating a beautiful smile and boosting your confidence. Mini implants are just as effective. However, they are smaller, often making them more beneficial for patients like you.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Like conventional implants, mini implants are screws that act like the root of your tooth after it is inserted into the jawbone. Their structure is similar to larger implants but smaller in diameter. Unlike their larger counterparts, they have one piece with a ball-shaped end that sticks out of the jawbone.
Procedures Needed to Place Mini Implants
When a patient discusses their concern over their missing teeth, the dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine the best tooth replacement procedure for you.
This evaluation begins with your medical history, a thorough oral cavity exam, and various x-rays. After assessing your general health, the dentist will advise you on the type of implant that is best for you. In this case, it may be mini implants.
The mini implant process requires two procedures: implant and crown placement. During the first procedure, the implant is inserted into the bone at the site of the missing tooth. The second procedure occurs after the mouth has healed when the crown is placed onto the implant, secured by the metal post.
After these procedures, the implant process is complete, and your missing tooth and smile are restored. The artificial tooth will match the natural color of your surrounding teeth.
You may experience swelling or bruising of your gums and face after your implant procedure. Discomfort may last for the first 24-72 hours, but in most cases, it is minimal.
Caring for Your Mini Implants
As with any surgical procedure, following post-surgery instructions is essential to caring for your new mini implants. Your dentist will provide you with these instructions after your procedure. These instructions can help prevent complications, such as infection, and ensure your implant placement is successful.
While there is no guarantee about how long your implant will last, they are a long-term solution to your missing teeth. If properly cared for, your mini implants could last for several decades.
Mini implants take the place of your missing teeth and require the same care. Brush your implants twice daily, floss once, and visit your dentist for routine check-ups. If plaque and calculus begin forming, your dentist may recommend using fluoridated toothpaste or a special rinse.
Mini Implants in Scottsdale
At Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics, we offer free consultations to patients wishing to learn more about mini implants. Our dedicated and experienced team can provide you with the high-quality, compassionate care you need to restore your oral health.
Contact our office today to schedule your appointment at our state-of-the-art facility.