What Are Mini Dental Implants?


If you have one or more missing teeth, then dental implants may be a good option for you. However, some patients do not have enough bone density for full implants. If you are one of these patients, then getting mini dental implants may be a good option for you. These implants are often used to stabilize dentures in your lower jaw.


Understanding Mini Dental Implants


A mini dental implant is often used in the lower jaw. The reason for this is that dentures most often slip when they are in the lower jaw. In the upper jaw, dentures do not slip around quite as often.

As their name suggests, you will find that mini dental implants are smaller than traditional implants. You can expect the diameter of mini dental implants to be about 1.8 to 3.3 millimeters around.

The other difference between traditional and mini dental implants is the design. With regular implants, the replacement teeth are screwed onto them. However, with mini dental implants, there is a ball on the ends sticking up from the jaw.

The dentures will then be secured onto the implants on the balls. O-rings will secure the dentures to the implants. This is a great design because it holds your dentures in place. But you can still take them out of your mouth to clean them after a meal.


Placing Mini Dental Implants


The Smile Center uses the Shatkin FIRST method to place mini dental implants in a patient’s jawbone. With this method, you can get implants in just one appointment. Traditionally, patients had to have one appointment where the implants were placed. Then they had to have another appointment to have the attachments and dentures placed.

The reason you can get your dentures in one day is that the procedure is less invasive. However, you might still be a little uncomfortable in the next several days. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to help with the discomfort. You should avoid eating any hard or sticky foods. Once you are healed, you can eat normal foods again.


Putting Your Dentures On


When your dentures held in place by mini dental implants, you will still need to take them on and off for cleaning. You can place the dentures in a denture cleaning solution overnight.

To put your denture on, you should grasp the teeth on either side of them and place them over the implant posts. Using gentle pressure, push the denture into place. The O-rings should already be in place, so you can ensure that the dentures will stay in your mouth.

To take off your denture, place your thumbs on either side and push it off. You should apply equal pressure on either side of the denture. This will help you to avoid accidentally breaking the denture.


If you are interested in getting mini dental implants, please contact the Smile Center in Delaware, Ohio. Our professional team is prepared to answer any questions you might have about the process.