Mini Dental Implants
While dental implants are considered the gold standard for treating missing teeth, they are unfortunately not appropriate for every patient. If you lack enough jawbone tissue to anchor an implant, you may not be able to receive traditional implants.
However, mini dental implants may be a viable alternative. Traditional dental implants range in diameter from 3.5 to 6mm while mini dental implants range in diameter from 2mm to 3.5mm. Because they are smaller in diameter than traditional implants, Dr. Todd Fincher can place them at his Greenwood, MS, clinic without performing a bone graft or sinus lift to boost bone growth. He and his team use advanced in-office technology to carefully and accurately plan your procedure.
Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants offer multiple benefits over traditional dental implants.
- Restored candidacy: One major reason why a patient may not qualify for a traditional dental implant is inadequate jawbone density. Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter, meaning many patients who would not otherwise qualify for dental implants may still be candidates.
- Fewer procedures: Mini dental implants often allow patients to forgo expensive and uncomfortable bone grafts and sinus lifts. Furthermore, mini dental implants also do not require a second surgery to attach an abutment.
Mini dental implants offer the same benefits of traditional dental implants, including a success rate of over 95 percent, prevention of jawbone recession, and improved speech and chewing. Furthermore, as a result, many patients also enjoy a notable boost in self-confidence after receiving dental implants.
Am I a Candidate?
Mini dental implants are usually recommended for patients who lack the bone density to anchor traditional dental implants and do not qualify for bone grafts or sinus lifts. However, you will still need to be in good oral health to undergo this type of surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Fincher will examine your jawbone and medical history. He may inquire if you have any conditions or are taking any medications that could interfere with recovery from the surgery. If not, he can plan the appointment for your implant placement.
If you experience dental phobia or are anxious about the procedure, our Greenwood clinic offers Propofol IV sedation to make patients feel more comfortable during treatment.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Dr. Fincher will use advanced in-office technology to plan and perform your mini dental implant procedure, including the GALILEOS® Comfort Plus cone beam scanner and Sirona SICAT surgical guide. If you experience dental phobia or are anxious about the procedure, our Greenwood clinic offers Propofol IV sedation to make patients feel more comfortable during treatment. Propofol has a rapid onset and a reduced risk of negative side effects, allowing you to relax and recover more quickly.
Once you are comfortable, Dr. Fincher will make an incision in your gums to access the jawbone. Then, he will place the surgical-grade post into the bone. You may be fitted with a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent prosthesis, which will be placed during a follow-up visit. Complete recovery from this procedure generally takes three to six months.
Contact Us Today
If you have concerns about the affordability of mini dental implants, our office accepts CareCredit® financing to help patients afford treatment. To schedule your first appointment with Dr. Fincher, contact our office online or call (662) 595-4300.