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Just like traditional implants, mini dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts. These posts are implanted into the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. However, mini implants are roughly half the diameter of traditional implants, meaning they require a smaller amount of healthy bone tissue. The posts feature a ball on one end which, paired with a rubber o-ring, fits snugly into a socket on the restoration. This unique design eliminates the need to place additional connectors, known as abutments.
There are several reasons Dr. Glenn may recommend mini posts rather than traditional implants. Good candidates for mini implants include those who:
The best way to find out if mini implants are the right option for you is to schedule an appointment at our office. During this visit, you can meet with Dr. Glenn and discuss the different types of implants we offer. We can also take x-rays and scans of your jaw using our 3-D cone beam scanner. Dr. Glen will also perform a comprehensive examination to assess your candidacy. Based on this information, he can recommend the optimal treatment option for your specific needs.
Replacing lost teeth with dental implants can improve both the appearance and function of your smile. Unlike traditional restorations, the posts replace the roots of your teeth as well as the crowns. With this improved stability, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Implants also stimulate the jaw in the same way as your natural tooth roots, halting continued bone loss and protecting your overall oral health.
Many patients who have lost tissue in their jawbone due to missing teeth can receive mini implants without the need for bone grafting.
In addition, the placement of mini dental implants is less invasive than larger implants. Since the posts are smaller, many patients who have lost tissue in their jawbone due to missing teeth can receive implants without the need for bone grafting. For some patients, Dr. Glenn can place mini implants and attach a temporary restoration at the same time, meaning you leave our office with teeth you can use right away. When placed by a skilled oral surgeon and properly cared for, mini implants can provide a lifetime of support.
If you have lost one or more teeth, mini dental implants may offer the best solution to restore proper form and function to your smile. For more information about dental implants, contact our office online or call (402) 421-3401 to speak to a member of our team.