Mini Dental Implants
Mini Dental Implants are used to replace missing teeth. They are comprised of titanium screws that resemble a tooth or group of teeth and with a ball shaped head, they can be used for permanently cemented crowns or bridges and to secure full dentures. The implants are small, with a diameter approximately the size of a toothpick.
Dating back 1350 years ago, the Mayan civilization has the earliest known examples of endosseous implants (implants embedded into bone). In 1952 the Swedish professor Ingvar Brånemark studied bone healing and regeneration and realized that titanium could be melded to living bone tissue. He then used this knowledge to successfully implant a patient in 1965. The successful implant lead to a US patent filing for titanium dental implants in 1969.
Since that time Dental Implant Therapy has made great advancements. Implants can be partial (replacing one or missing teeth) or full (replacing an entire set of teeth).
Dental implants offer the following benefits:
- Require less bone for attachment than a conventional implant, preserving bone and facial appearance and making costly bone grafts less likely.
- Can be placed to anchor dentures or cemented crowns & bridges.
- Tight fitting, allowing you to smile, speak and eat with renewed confidence.
- Involves minimally invasive surgery and since no sutures are needed, healing time is quick.
- Implant placement is easily accomplished in approximately 2 – 3 hours using local anesthetic or light sedation.
- Implants are affordable, costing less than half the cost of old, conventional-style implants.
- There is a 90% success rate.
Mini Dental Implants are an effective solution for those missing a tooth or teeth. With proper oral hygiene, mini implants can last for years.
Consult with your dentist to see if this choice of treatment is right for you.