What is the Process of Getting Mini Dental Implants?


Do you have missing teeth but do not want an invasive and costly tooth replacement procedure? If so, a mini implant procedure might be just what you’re waiting for. But before heading to the dentist, you need to understand the process of getting them and what they entail.



What are Mini Implants?


Mini implants are small dental titanium implant posts with a structure similar to traditional ones. They are three mm screws making them more discreet than conventional dental implants with a diameter of a household screw.


Mini implants provide a less invasive dental procedure for patients, and they do not require bone grafting for patients who need more bone in their jaws. They offer a matching option for people with smaller teeth or mouths.



Candidates for Mini Dental Implants


Mini implants may not work for individuals whose mouths are still developing, such as children. As the bone grows, it can surround the implant. Individuals who grind their teeth or have bruxism are also not ideal candidates for the implants.


Certain diseases can limit you, such as diabetes, periodontitis, or vascular diseases. Any blood clotting conditions, bone diseases, or disorders affecting bone or wound are not suitable for mini implants.


Some medications and lifestyle factors affect your candidacy for mini implants. People going through radiation or chemotherapy and smokers are also noncandidates. Mini implants require you to have bone density enough to hold the posts. Severe bone loss, tooth decay, and damaged gums cannot hold the implant posts in place.



The Process of Getting Mini Dental Implants


Your dentist will begin by performing X-rays to ascertain where they need to place the implants. After doing so, they will do the following:
 

  • Numb your jaw and gums using a local anesthetic.

  • Drill a tiny hole into your jaw.

  • Place the mini implant post into the drilled hole in your jaw.

  • Ensure they secure the post and make it tight.

  • Attach the artificial tooth onto the secured post.

  • Confirm they have placed and secured the replacement tooth properly.


There are times your dentist may not need to drill a hole as the screw threads of the post can grip the jawbone securely. The steps of the mini-implant procedure can vary based on the dental needs of a patient.



Recovery


The recovery time after getting your mini implants is easy and fast. Most patients resume their usual routines after a day or two of the procedure.


You are likely to experience pain after your procedure. You can use over-the-counter medication to relieve the discomfort and manage your pain. Try not to eat sticky or hard foods after your procedure to reduce the risk of pulling out or loosening the mini implant. Take lots of liquids and eat soft foods during your recovery.



How you Can Care for your Mini Implants


Mini dental implants need care like your natural teeth. It is essential to brush the teeth at least twice every day and floss daily for proper oral and dental hygiene. Go for regular dental checkups as well.


For more on mini dental implants, visit Smile Center Ohio at our office in Delaware or Sunbury, Ohio. You can also call 740-417-9565 or 740-965-2451 to schedule an appointment today. New patients can call 740-306-0099.