Mini implants, also known as mini dental implants or SDIs, are a relatively new innovation in the field of dentisty. Created twenty years ago by a Manhattan dentist named Victor I. Sendax, DDS, the mini dental implant is a very small implant made of titanium alloy and measuring only 1.8 millimeters in diameter. The implants come in a variety of different lengths ranging from six to eighteen millimeters. Only a trained dental professional can help you choose which length is right for you. SDIs have been approved by the FDA as not only a safe temporary solution for lost or damaged teeth, but also as a long-term fix for these dental problems.
When Are Mini-implants Necessary?
Mini-implants can be necessary for a variety of reasons. When the bone structure of the jaw has become significantly weakened or eroded, mini-implants can provide much-needed support. In addition, mini-implants can be useful when replacing a single tooth or as supports for crowns and bridges. The most effective application of mini-implants, however, is their use as a stabilizing mechanism for dentures. Mini-implants can hold the dentures in place, eliminating discomfort and helping to keep food from becoming lodged beneath the dentures. This can help the patient feel more comfortable in social situations.
What’s the Difference Between Regular Implants and Mini-implants?
As implied by their name, the most obvious difference between regular implants and mini-implants is that mini-implants are much smaller. Don’t worry—bigger is not necessarily better, in this case. In fact, the smaller size of the mini-implants makes them much easier to insert, and often require a much shorter recovery time.
What is the Procedure for Inserting Mini-Implants?
The procedure for inserting mini-implants is relatively simple and less invasive than the procedure required for standard implants. First, local anesthetic is administered so that the patient does not experience any pain. The dentist then makes a small hole in the gum to insert the implant. The implant is then placed into the ideal position to become an anchor for crowns, bridges, or dentures. Since the gum often does not have to be cut to make room for the smaller size implant, no stitches are required. The entire procedure can be completed during a single office visit in as little as half an hour.
Since stitches are often not necessary during a mini-implant procedure, and the implant is much smaller than a standard implant, the recovery time is considerably shorter. The attention to good oral hygiene following the procedure, however, cannot be overstated. If you fail to take care of your implant at home or neglect your routine dental checkups, then the implant may become loose. If this does happen, however, replacing a mini-implant is far less expensive than having a standard one repaired.
If the mini-implants are inserted for the purpose of stabilizing your dentures, then a different aftercare procedure will be recommended. Your dentures may feel uncomfortable at first as your gums get used to the new implants, but they will begin to feel normal after a period of time. Thorough cleaning of the implant area is necessary twice a day—morning and night.
3M Imtec mini-implants are a safe, affordable, and effective solution to tooth loss. To discuss pricing and eligibility, talk to your dentist. You may also need to go in for a visit so that the dentist can help you determine whether mini-implants are advisable for your particular condition.
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