Mini Dental Implants in Scottsdale, AZ
Providing Fast, Affordable & Permanent Mini Dental Implants Throughout Arizona
If you’ve been looking into replacing your missing teeth, you’ve likely heard a bit about dental implants. These natural-looking tooth replacements can restore form and function to your mouth and improve your quality of life significantly.
But have you heard of mini dental implants? They’re an alternative to the traditional dental implant that can provide you with many of the same advantages and fewer drawbacks.
Traditional dental implants require the jawbone to grow around the implant in a process known as osseointegration. This involves two somewhat invasive surgical procedures over the course of six to eight months.
While the traditional dental implant procedure is highly effective, that sort of time frame is not suitable for everyone, which is why the less-invasive, faster mini dental implant procedure can often be the much better option.
Dr. Seerat Mann, Dr. Todd Shatkin, and the team at Mini Dental Implant Centers of America in Scottsdale offer this amazing tooth-replacement procedure to all of our clients. We specialize in dental implants and a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments, and we’re confident that if you are qualified for this procedure it can change your life.
To learn more about mini implants, continue reading, or contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are a tooth-replacement procedure that involves the attachment of a small screw to the jawbone. The screw is then connected to a natural-looking prosthetic tooth. Sometimes mini dental implants are used as an alternative procedure when someone is unable to receive a traditional dental implant, while other times patients simply prefer the mini dental implant to what a traditional one offers.
Mini Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dental Implants
You may be wondering what the major differences between mini dental implants and traditional dental implants actually are. While the two do share some characteristics, there are some significant differences. Those differences are detailed below.
This one should come as no surprise. One of the biggest distinctions between mini and traditional dental implants is their size. The artificial tooth is the same size in both procedures, but the screw that holds the tooth in place is not. A mini dental implant screw is somewhere between 1.8 and 3.3 mm, while a traditional implant screw is somewhere between 3.25 and 5 mm.
The process of receiving a mini dental implant differs a bit from receiving a traditional one. Traditional implants require your oral surgeon to drill into your jawbone so that a screw can be implanted, and then eventually fuse to the jawbone through osseointegration.
This procedure is more invasive and requires more drilling than the mini implant procedure.
Because traditional dental implants involve fusion with the jawbone, you’re required to have a certain amount of jawbone density to be able to go through with the procedure.
Missing teeth can cause bone loss, so you may need to have a bone grafting procedure prior to receiving your dental implant. Mini dental implants do not have these requirements.
Your budget for a procedure like this is always going to be an important factor. Mini dental implants are about half the price of traditional dental implants, making them far more likely to fit within your budget.
Do I Qualify for Mini Dental Implants?
Although they are a great option for many, dental implants are not for everyone. Below are some details on what makes a great candidate and who does not qualify for this procedure.
You may be a great candidate for mini dental implants if:
- You’re looking to replace one or more missing teeth
- You’d like to avoid complicated procedures
- You want to save money
- You’d like to avoid bone grafting
- You need to replace your missing teeth fast
You most likely do not qualify for mini dental implants if:
- You are diabetic
- You have periodontitis (gum disease)
- You have hemophilia
- You have bone disease
- You have vascular disease
Other factors that may prevent you from receiving mini dental implants include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Certain medications
- Chemotherapy or radiation
If you’re unsure whether or not you qualify for mini dental implants, your best bet is to reach out to your dentist today. They can help determine if this procedure will be safe and effective for you, and get you started on the path toward life-changing tooth replacement.
The Advantages of Mini Dental Implants
There are a number of benefits to opting for mini implants. We’ve listed a few of them below.
The traditional dental implant procedure takes months to complete, while mini dental implants can be completed in a single visit. That’s a few hours versus a few months.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, then mini dental implants may be your best option for tooth replacement. Not only is the procedure fast, it’s also minimally invasive. Combine that with the fact that the implant itself is significantly smaller than a traditional implant, and you get an experience that requires less discomfort overall.
Fast Recovery Time
Because mini dental implants are so small, and the procedure is only minimally invasive, you’ll be ready to resume normal life quickly afterwards.
No Need for Bone Grafting
When too much bone loss has occurred and the jaw is unable to support a traditional dental implant, a bone grafting procedure is required prior to the implant procedure. The smaller size of mini dental implants means less bone density is required, and you won’t need to deal with any bone grafting procedures in order to replace your tooth.
Able to Accommodate Smaller Areas
If you’re looking to replace a small tooth, or the area where the tooth was lost is narrow, then you may not even be able to receive a traditional dental implant. Mini dental implants fit into smaller spaces and accommodate smaller jaws.
The cost of a mini implant is often about half as much as a traditional implant. For many people, this is the difference between replacing their missing tooth and going on without one. This alone makes the mini implants a fantastic option.
The Mini Dental Implant Procedure
Receiving your dental implants is a fairly quick and easy process, and so is the recovery.
First, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to ensure that the process is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Next, your dentist will make a small incision in the gum so that the jawbone is exposed.
Then, your dentist will drill a tiny opening in the bone, about 2 mm wide, so that the implant can be placed.
Finally, the gum is sutured around the implant and the healing process can begin.
Mini Dental Implant Recovery
One of the best things about the mini dental implant procedure is that it requires a lot less recovery than the traditional implant method. You should be able to return to your normal life within a day or two, and pain can often be managed with some over-the-counter pain relievers.
You’ll want to avoid certain foods for a bit, but other than that you won’t need to change all that much about your daily life in order to recover properly.
Schedule Your Free Dental Implant Consultation Today!
At The Mini Dental Implant Centers of America in Scottsdale, we provide a wide variety of tooth replacement options for a single tooth, multiple teeth, denture stabilization, and more. We also offer porcelain veneers, dental bridges, and a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments. If you or someone you love is looking to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile, schedule a free consultation today. We serve patients in Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and throughout the State of Arizona.