Though they are not as well known as traditional dental implants, mini implants are also being used successfully in the Seattle area to improve smiles. Implants are popular because they provide a natural, lasting smile, allowing you to live and eat more freely. At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, we can help you decide if dental implants are the best option for you.
What Are Mini Implants?
Like their larger diameter counterparts, mini implants can support a restoration for one or more missing teeth or replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit greatly from these slip-free dental implants that are anchored securely in the jaw bone. Unlike traditional implants, mini implants are one solid piece that screws into the bone with a diameter smaller than 3mm. On the top of is a ball-shaped protrusion that helps support dentures. Typically, the denture has a rubber O-ring that slides over this ball-shaped part.
In some cases, a patient will go with the mini implant because they are unable to receive traditional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. Some people are excellent candidates for the mini implant version simply because they are not able to undergo full-size dental implant surgery, due to health issues.
Our team can often place the toothpick-size mini dental implants in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if required, is generally very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening. How cool is that!
Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle to schedule an exam and consultation. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.