Mini Implants

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Implant dentistry is a quickly-growing field of dentistry focused on replacing one or more missing teeth to provide patients with cosmetic and health benefits. Mini implants are a specialized type of dental implant that do not require the same stringent candidacy criteria or healing time associated with traditional implants. Whether you have lost a single tooth or currently wear a full set of dentures, Sanford Dental Excellence offers mini implants near Sanford as an affordable and long-lasting solution for missing teeth.

History of Mini Implants
Although mini implants may seem like a relatively new treatment, they have actually been in use for decades. Today, mini implants offer patients numerous benefits, including more comfortable dentures wear and the ability to replace a missing tooth even in an area of the mouth with poor bone density.

  • Metal dental implants were first used by dentists in the 1940s. The mini implant was developed by Dr. Victor Sendax of New York in the early 1970s, but was not truly marketed until the 1990s.
  • Mini implants were originally intended to serve as a temporary solution until permanent dental implants could be placed. However, bone material was found to grow around mini implants just as well as around larger implants, making these “temporary” solutions harder to remove.
  • Mini implants were approved for use in implant dentistry by the FDA in 1999 and have found many widespread uses in dentistry since this time.

The Mini Implant Procedure
Mini implants can be placed during a single visit to your dentist; often, patients experience only mild discomfort for 24-48 hours after the procedure and can eat normally only hours after mini implant placement.

  1. First, your dentist will determine the best placement for your mini implants and how many implants you will need.
  2. The area will be numbed using a local anesthetic; you can also opt for a sedative for greater comfort during the procedure.
  3. A small hole is drilled in your jawbone, into which the mini implant is threaded. The implants are tightened using a winged wrench, then fully stabilized using a small ratchet wrench.
  4. Your dentures are modified with ports for each mini implant, which protrudes slightly above your gums to fit into sockets placed in your dentures for stability.
  5. Following mini implant placement, you may be asked to leave your dentures in place for 48 hours. You may eat as soon as you wish after mini implant surgery.

At Sanford Dental Excellence, Dr. Seidler offers a wide range of dental services for patients throughout the Sanford area. You can reach us by phone at (321) 257-8528 to discuss sedation dentistry, implant dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry near Sanford.