Orange City and Deltona, FL
If you have a missing tooth, a dental implant can be the most viable tooth replacement option. At Terry Soule, DDS, we offer mini implants, which are slightly different from traditional implants. Orange City’s implant dentist Dr. Soule would like to share with you the difference between mini implants and traditional implants, as well as whether they may be the right solution for your missing tooth.
What is a mini implant?
A mini implant looks and functions similarly as a traditional implant. The procedure consists of a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Attached to the implant is a custom-made crown or other tooth replacement such as bridgework or dentures. Mini implants provide security and comfort for replacing your missing teeth.
What is the difference between a mini implant and a traditional implant?
For all intents and purposes, mini implants are the same as traditional implants. The main differences between the two are implant size, and the length of the procedure. A mini implant is smaller than a traditional implant, which makes it ideal for patients who have suffered a significant amount of bone loss, a typical side effect of losing teeth or from age. Also, mini implants and the attached replacement tooth can be completed in a single day, instead of waiting months for the bone to heal, like with traditional dental implants.
I have lost a lot of jawbone, am I still a candidate for mini implants?
A traditional dental implant requires a substantial amount of jawbone to be present in order for the implant to fuse to the bone. Jawbone resorbs into the body after teeth are extracted, and if the jawbone no longer receives stimulation such as from a tooth or dental implant. In these cases, a mini dental implant may be a suitable option for permanently replacing a missing tooth.
How long should mini implants last?
While mini implants use a titanium post, they aren’t quite as long as a traditional implant. Therefore, mini implants may not be as stable or last as long as traditional implants, although mini implants outperform other tooth replacement options such as bridgework or dentures. Longevity of the mini implant also depends on oral hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily, specifically under the implant crown is essential in maintaining results that will last for years.
Can mini implants be used with dentures?
Yes! Mini implants are actually a popular choice for denture wearers since substantial tooth loss often results in less jawbone to work with for traditional implants, and also can make wearing regular dentures a challenge due to the lack of support. Mini implants can help provide stability to dentures that don’t fit well.
What do mini implants look like?
Mini implants will look just like a traditional implant. The only part of the implant that you will see is the actual replacement tooth that is attached to the top. Other than that, you will not notice the size of the implant post itself since it is embedded into the jawbone.
Are mini implants right for me?
Mini implants are ideal for current denture wearers or patients who have a substantial amount of bone loss and that were previously told they were not candidates for traditional implants. However, each case is different, and only a consultation with Dr. Soule will be best in determining if you are a candidate.
Mini Implants in Orange City
If you would like to learn more about mini implants or to see if you are a candidate, please call Terry Soule, DDS, at (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.
Terry Soule, DDS welcomes patients of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.