Mini implants have become a popular choice for people looking at options to secure their replacement teeth. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about mini implants:
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are tooth root replacements used to keep artificial teeth such as dentures in place. They are surgically inserted to your jawbone and as the gums heal, the implants become affixed to your bone and supporting tissues making them feel like they are a natural part of your body.
Who Needs Mini Implants?
In general, people who have lost one or several teeth due to an accident, injury, or illness may need dental implants. People who wear lower dentures can also benefit from having mini implants. On occasions where traditional implants may not be fit for a patient, either because they have low bone density or need a stronger implant to hold replacement molars, then mini implants can also be the perfect choice.
How Are Mini Implants Placed?
Your Kennewick WA dentist will need to screen you first in order to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are cleared for the procedure, you will then undergo an in-office procedure and have four mini implants inserted into your lower jaw through a small incision.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Your dentist will use a local anesthesia throughout the procedure so this will prevent you from feeling any pain. At the most, a bit of discomfort might be present. After the procedure, pain medication may also be prescribed by your Kennewick dentist.
How Long Does It Take to Heal?
Mini implants need at least 3-8 weeks to heal. This is much shorter compared to traditional implants, which take about 3-6 months. Some patients even report going back to work the very next day after their mini implant procedure.
To know if you are a good candidate for mini implants, please call Marineland Dental Care at 509-591-0515 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hadley.