Mini Dental Implants
Dr. Sean Walcott can provide mini dental implants at our Lakeland, FL oral surgery practice. He offers a no charge initial dental implant consultation so you can learn if this minimally invasive dental implant treatment is right for you.
What are mini dental implants?
Mini dental implants are much smaller than typical dental implants. Traditional implants are usually between 4 and 6 millimeters in diameter, while mini implants are just 2 to 3 millimeters. Despite their size, mini dental implants function very similarly to full-size implants. They are made of biocompatible titanium that fuses with the jawbone tissue when inserted. Mini dental implants are specially designed to stably hold restorations without requiring complex surgery.
Who is a candidate?
The eligibility requirements for mini dental implants are less strict than those for traditional implants because they are much simpler to place. You may be a good candidate for mini dental implants if you:
- Are missing one or more teeth, or require one or more extractions.
- Currently have a traditional denture that you would like to retrofit as an implant-supported prosthesis.
- Do not grind your teeth. Bruxism can wear down your implant-supported restorations and interfere with the success of your treatment.
- Are free from periodontal (gum) disease. Dr. Walcott can help you treat this condition before performing implant procedures.
- Want an efficient, same-day solution to gaps in your smile.
- Do not have enough jawbone material to hold and fuse with traditional implants (and do not want to or cannot undergo bone grafting procedures to remedy this condition).
- Are in good general health, meaning that you are able to safely undergo IV moderate sedation and surgery.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Walcott will evaluate your mouth, go over your dental records, and discuss your concerns with you to help you decide if mini implants are an appropriate treatment for you.
The surgery to place mini dental implants is very similar to the traditional procedure. If you choose this treatment, Dr. Walcott will begin by numbing your tissue with local anesthesia and provide sedation as necessary. Since mini dental implants are so tiny, Dr. Walcott often does not have to incise the gums to place them. Most likely, he will simply insert your implant or set of implants through the gum tissue into the bone. This shortens your healing time and reduces your risk for infection or other complications. After he places your implant(s), he will immediately attach your prosthesis which, depending on your needs and preferences, could be a brand new custom-made restoration or a modified version of your existing denture. Rather than using traditional abutments, retrofitted dentures usually just snap on to your implants. Dr. Walcott should be able to complete the entire implant process in just one appointment.
The Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants provide many advantages over traditional implants. Many patients appreciate this treatment because:
- Mini dental implant placement and denture placement can be completed in one visit.
- Patients with insufficient bone tissue for larger implants can enjoy the benefits of implants.
- The procedure is minimally invasive.
- Many patients do not need to have new denture created.
- Mini implant treatment is more affordable than the standard dental implant process.
At your initial consultation appointment, Dr. Walcott will discuss the advantages of alternative types of implant treatment for your oral health circumstances and help you make a decision that is right for you.
Schedule your FREE initial or second opinion consultation!
To learn more about mini dental implants and if this treatment is right for you, contact the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants in Lakeland today.