How Mini Implants Work
By Dyras Dental, PLLC
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Mini implants offer all of the benefits of traditional implants in a smaller package. Dr. Laura Dyras and Dr. Michael Hutcheson, your Lansing, MI, dentists, explain how mini dental implants work.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to replace tooth roots. They look like small screws and are made of titanium, a metal that bonds to bone. After an implant is placed in an opening in your jawbone, it gradually fuses to the bone. The process usually takes up to six months. A crown added to the top of the implant not only improves your appearance, but also restores your ability to bite and chew.

How are mini implants different than traditional dental implants in Lansing?

As you can probably guess, mini implants are smaller than traditional implants. In fact, they're about half as wide and shorter. Mini implants offer several advantages, including:

  • Lower Cost: Since the implants are smaller, they're less expensive.
  • A Good Option When Bone Mass is a Concern: After you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins to shrink. Sometimes, it shrinks so much that it can't support a dental implant. Although bone grafts are an option, they lengthen the entire implant process and also increase the cost. Since mini implants are shorter than traditional dental implants, they can often be used even if you've experienced some bone loss.
  • No Waiting: If you choose a traditional implant, you may need to wait until it fuses to your jawbone before you can receive your crown. When you opt for a mini implant, you'll receive your crown on the same day you receive your implant.
  • An Excellent Choice for Small Spaces: Sometimes implants are just too wide to fit into small gaps in your mouth. Mini implants are just about the size of a toothpick and are a good option for narrow spaces.
  • A Simple Procedure: Because mini implants are so small, you'll only need local anesthetic during the procedure and will probably experience a shorter recovery period.

Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for mini dental implants? Call Dr. Dyras and Dr. Hutcheson, your Lansing, MI, dentists, at (517) 721-7900 to schedule an appointment.