A mini dental implant is a small anchor that is implanted into the jaw and then outfitted with a durable, natural-looking false tooth. A set of 4-6 mini-implants can also be used as anchors to permanently house a full arch of teeth replacements in the event of total tooth loss.
The traditional role of Mini-Implants is for denture stabilization. Dentures move around in a person’s mouth causing pain and are simply annoying. There is a great dependence upon adhesives. The placement of 4 to 5 implants in the lower jaw or 6 implants in the upper jaw eliminate these problems, including the need for adhesives.
We also utilize mini-implants for single crowns, specifically in tight places, such as lower front teeth or the upper lateral incisors. These are narrow spaces, and it can be a challenge to correct this with traditional implants.
If you have missing teeth – even total tooth loss – mini dental implants could be of beneficial.
Dental implants are a viable solution for dealing with tooth loss, diseased teeth, and teeth that are badly damaged, but not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. In order to find out whether dental implants are a good match for your needs, call our dental office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Goldberg. Our dental implant dentist is happy to help patients achieve healthy smiles from Succasunna, Randolph, Denville and surrounding areas in Morris County, NJ.
Mini implants are smaller in size than traditional dental implants, so we can use them in cases where traditional implants are not an option due to the shape and structure of the jaw. Because the placement procedure for mini implants is less invasive, fewer appointments are usually needed.
For many years, dental implants were not available. Denture wearers were (and still are) subject to a bunch of complaints and problems:
When compared to removable dentures, dentures anchored by mini dental implants offer a number of distinct advantages:
Assuming your denture is in good shape and there are no severe problems with your gums and bone, we can complete the work in one appointment. You will receive Novocaine and we will place the appropriate number of implants (4 to 6) without reflection of the gums (no cutting of your gums is necessary).
After your implants are placed, your denture will be “relined” to fit to the implants. Sometimes the reline is permanent and you are completely done at the first appointment, and sometimes it will be a temporary reline that must be replaced in a few months with the permanent reline. Regardless, the denture will still be more stable than at the start of your appointment.
If your denture is in poor condition and you need a new one, the implants will be placed at the first appointment and your existing denture can still be utilized as a temporary denture. A new denture can then be fabricated to fit to your new implants.
All dental procedures have innate risks, but unique to mini-implant procedures is the risk of implant fracture during placement. If an implant fractures it we will leave it in place until we can place another one next to it. Implants are titanium, which is a biocompatible material, so there is no need to remove it.
Another option allows denture wearers to completely eliminate the removable appliance all together! Commonly known as All-On-Four®, Hybrid Teeth are permanent teeth which are attached to implants. Now you have teeth that you don’t have to take in and out of your mouth. Patient confidence, increased chewing ability & efficiency, decreased bone loss, and overall patient satisfaction are all benefits of this procedure.
Immediately following placement, we will take a film. In the future, we will take additional films to compare to the initial film. We are monitoring bone levels and any potential complications. Some of the components will also wear over time (such as the rubber O-rings) and will require replacement. Your denture will also wear over time, and require replacement every 7 to 10 years. Fees also apply to these services.