Small size dental implants – mini dental implants
Prices start from £1600 per unit
What is the difference between standard dental implants and mini dental implants?
Mini dental implants have the same advantages as standard implants in replacing missing teeth but can be inserted into your jaw without major surgery. Another key benefit of mini dental implants is that you get your artificial tooth or teeth ready to use straight away, unlike regular implants.
Standard implants are inserted into the jaw bone with an external screw. A mini implant is a solid, one-piece screw with a smaller diameter. Mini implants are often used to anchor a lower denture but they can be placed anywhere in the mouth to support crowns or multiple unit bridges.
While completion of standard implant treatment can take 4-6 months months, your mini implants are ready for action from the word go. Mini-implants still function and look like natural teeth, just like routine implants.
Another benefit of mini dental implants is a financial one. Regular implants can be expensive, entailing a series of visits to your dentist over many months. Mini implants speed up the implant procedure dramatically.
What are mini dental implants?
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
Dental implants require constant maintenance and monitoring, which further involves assessment of the patient’s general and oral health, professional implant maintenance, and diligent patient home care as critical factors that will ensure the long-term success of implants and a predictable replacement for natural teeth.
Avoiding Major Surgery
One of the major benefits of mini dental implants is that they can be used if you have lost a lot of jaw bone.
You might have an insufficient quality bone in your jaw if you:
• Have lost teeth and not had them replaced.
• Have had gum disease (periodontitis).
• Have misaligned teeth.
• Have sustained an injury that knocked out or broke a tooth.
If you have lost too much bone to make standard implants feasible without bone graft surgery, mini implants deliver the perfect solution – they are designed to eliminate bone grafting.
Mini implants also provide an option for patients who cannot tolerate – or are unwilling to undergo – complex surgery. The mini implant procedure is less invasive, and the artificial tooth can be placed within hours, with a faster healing time.
I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. We will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Less disturbance of soft tissue and bone means most patients only need over-the-counter pain relief – if any at all – for a day or two after the procedure.
The mini implant procedure can usually be completed in a single appointment. Most patients can resume normal activities the same day, with no dietary restrictions.
Improving the Fit of Dentures
Unlike dentures, mini implants do not feel awkward or slip. They can, however, be used to realign dentures to improve the fit.
Suitability for Elderly Patients
Because the procedure is short and simple, even elderly or infirm patients can often benefit from mini implant treatment.
Little Risk of Complications
Further benefits of mini dental implants are:
• No cutting or stitches.
• No need for adhesives or other bonding agents.
• Long-lasting results.
• High success rate.
• Easier eating.
• Less breath odour.
• Easy cleaning.
• Clearer speech.
• No slipping or discomfort.
Dental Implant Maintenance Plan
Long-term success of implant predominantly depends upon the long-term maintenance of the health of the peri-implant hard and soft tissues. A typical maintenance visit for patients with dental implants will include updating medical and dental history, reviewing the patient’s oral hygiene and modifying, if necessary, clinical and radiographic examination of the implants and peri-implant tissues, evaluating implant stability, and removing any implant-retained plaque and calculus and setting maintenance intervals. This maintenance visit will last 1 hour and should be scheduled every 3 months.
This is available to patients who have previously had dental implants placed with another practice or with ourselves.
Four visits per year is recommended, each visit will cost £75 (radiographs not included).
We offer an annual plan for £300 which does include radiographs.
Initial Implant maintenance consultation £60 (radiographs not included).
*Please note any missed implant maintenance appointments will be charged a fee of £100.
Why we use Computer Guided Implant Surgery
Our implants are planned using a Cone Beam CBCT scan, providing us with a 3D image of the jaw, and highly specialised computer software. This ensures that implants are placed with the utmost precision in the pre-planned area. This makes the procedure safer, quicker, predictable, reduces the need for bone grafts and is a lot more comfortable. It also means we can place implants where we wouldn’t have done before we had this technology, so they can be available to patients who have suffered considerable bone loss.
The computer guided implant surgery process makes it possible to view the overall anatomy of the jaw, teeth and surrounding tissues. This helps us to know exactly where the implant is to be placed; before starting the surgery.
The overall process of dental implants using the computer guided implant surgery is as follows:
Overall scan of your jaw area:
With the help of the most sophisticated Cone Beam CBCT scanner, we are able to generate an accurate 3-dimensional image of the jaw area including the exact teeth positions, bone quality and quantity, nerve tissues and any sinus cavities.
Creation of 3D model:
Once we have this detailed information, with the help of highly specialised software we are able to create a 3D model of the jaw so we can ‘virtually’ place the implants in the optimum position.
Prepare Drilling Guide
The 3D model with the virtual placement is then sent to the specialised laboratories to prepare the precise drilling guide using 3D printing, which is used during surgery.
Dental Cone Beam CBCT. Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial X-rays are not sufficient.
How Do Mini dental Implants Work?
Mini dental implants (MDIs) are also known as small diameter or narrow diameter implants (SDIs and NDIs).
Regular implants typically comprise two pieces – with a diameter of 3.25 to 5 millimetres – that are inserted into the bone socket of missing teeth with an external screw. A mini implant is a solid, one-piece screw, less than 3 millimetres in diameter, with an anchor combined with an abutment post, onto which a crown or denture can be placed.
Mini implants are generally used to secure removable dentures in the dense lower jaw, rather than the hollow bone of the upper jaw.
Mini implants and standard implants are both made from titanium, a metal whose biocompatibility makes it ideal for use in the human body because it won’t prompt an adverse reaction. In fact, implants are unique in dentistry in actually promoting bone growth. The titanium post is inserted into the bone socket of a missing tooth, and the jaw bone grows back around the implant, anchoring it securely.
You can download a Clinical Study on mini dental implants here
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