When a person is missing one or more teeth, it is natural for their jaw bone material to deteriorate and recede. This poses an issue for many kinds of restorations, including our dental implants in Gurnee. In some cases, when there is limited bone material to work with, it may be recommended that the patient receive grafting in advance of implant placement. Another option patients have is to discuss mini implants with their dentist in Gurnee.
What Are Mini Implants Used For?
Mini implants may provide an excellent, reliable base for several types of dental restorations. This kind of implant system can be used as the base for single tooth restorations, implant-supported bridges, and dentures for individuals with limited bone mass. Dentists at our practice most often recommend this type of implant for patients seeking dentures.
How it Works
The small titanium implant acts like the root of your tooth. On the top of the implant sits a retaining fixture that snaps into a corresponding fixture on your denture. Once the dentures are set in place, you will find that the result is a more comfortable, stable apparatus that enables you to enjoy life without worrying about your teeth.
How are mini implants different from ordinary sized implants?
With a regular sized dental implant, there needs to be a certain amount of bone structure available to place the implant. With mini implants, less space is needed, allowing the use of a site that has less than adequate bone.
Placing mini implants is also often simpler and less time-intensive than placing full-sized implants. Though this is not always the case, this type of implant is sometimes referred to as a “same-day implant.” Full-sized implants generally require additional visits and several months of healing before they can reliably support dental restorations. Mini implants, on the other hand, may be able to support dental restorations right away.
What to Expect
The procedure for placing mini implants is usually simple and relatively pain-free. Your dentist will recommend general or local anaesthesia depending on your individual circumstances. For some patients, recovery time will last two days or fewer. Modifications to the denture are made on the same day the implants are placed, so you can begin wearing it with your new implants right away.
Considering Mini Dental Implants in Gurnee?
If you think you may be a good candidate for this procedure, please reach out to our office to begin a conversation! We look forward to booking you an appointment and taking care of your dental needs with utmost professionalism.