Dentist in Ashburn
“Hello and welcome to Doc Talk with me… Dr. Rick Rios.
Today we are going to talk about a new procedure that I’ve been recently certified to do.
It’s called a mini implant.
As the name implies it is dental implant only smaller in diameter.
Mini implants are used in situations when the bone available does not allow for placement of a larger diameter implant
Their applications are somewhat more limited than a normal size implants, but in patients with insufficient bone to do regular implants, it can be a real life saver.
One of the main advantages to a mini implant is that they can have a tooth or denture attached to them the same day.
The main way I use mini implants is to stabilize existing dentures.
I have a patient, named John, who had been wearing a denture for many years. Due to time and gum shrinkage, his dentures were beginning to rock and feel loose.
In one visit I was able to place 6 mini implants in the upper arch and reline his existing denture to fit and lock onto the mini implants. He was able to leave the office with a rock-solid upper denture. I was even able to remove the part of the denture that covered the palate so he could be more comfortable and taste his food better.
He was very happy and has referred me many patients since.
So if you know someone who wears dentures and could benefit from more stability, please let them know about mini implants and have them call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.”
In comparison to the traditional dental implant, mini dental implants are effective alternatives. Due to the small size, mini dental implants can be used to restore chipped or missing teeth that are in small or tight-fitting locations. Mini dental implants are ideal when replacing pre-molars, frontal teeth, or small teeth.
Mini dental implants requires a simple procedure that features the use of a surgical stent for the placement of the mini implant and the restoration(s) in the same appointment. This happens with minimal patient discomfort in less than an hour of chair-time in most cases.
Our Ashburn dentist and team are very skilled in providing dental implants and would be able to help you in determining if mini dental implants are right for you. For more information or if you wish to schedule a consultation, please be sure to contact us.