Mini implants are very similar to dental implants in function, but they are considerably smaller. Because of their size, mini implants may be an option for patients who do not have sufficient bone density to support a traditional dental implant. These mini implants can be placed and restored with crowns, bridges, or dentures in just a single day.
New Teeth In A Day
At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we are happy to place mini dental implants for you. This treatment is the ultimate in patient convenience and comfort. In a single visit we can place your implants and restore them with dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.
For years, dental implants have been providing superior support for dental restorations, giving people who were missing one or more of their natural teeth a second opportunity at good oral health. However, the one notable disadvantage of dental implants is that they required a significant investment of time on the part of the patient. Mini dental implants, placed at our Long Island practice, are a faster and generally more affordable alternative to traditional dental implants. At 4Excellence in Dentistry, our patients can have mini implants placed and ready for use in a single day without compromising the security and durability that dental implants are known for.
What Are Mini Implants?
Mini implants represent a remarkable advance in dental implant technology. They are smaller in diameter than traditional dental implants and can be placed without the creation of a surgical flap while the patient is under local anesthetic. This means that the procedure is minimally invasive and does not require the extended recovery time that is necessary for traditional dental implants. This allows our dentist, Dr. Lewis Ricciuti to provide patients with mini implants and attach dental restorations in the same day, making treatment more convenient and affordable for those patients who are candidates.
When Are Mini Implants Appropriate?
Mini implants do not require as much bone density as traditional dental implants, so they may be an option for patients who would otherwise require a bone graft before receiving traditional dental implants. A Cone Beam CT scan will be used to determine whether mini implants are an appropriate treatment option. While mini implants can be used to secure dental crowns and bridges in some cases, we more frequently recommend mini implants as a means of supporting dentures.
As opposed to traditional implants, which require multiple surgeries separated by months of healing time, mini implants allow Dr. Ricciuti to give patients new, functional teeth in a day. The entire mini implants procedure can typically be completed within two hours. The procedure begins with the placement of the mini implants. The implants are strategically placed within the jawbone to offer the best security for the patient’s dentures. The mini implants have a small head that protrudes above the gum line and acts as the abutment for the dentures. The dentures will be fitted with metal housings and a rubber ring that is meant to snap over the mini implants, locking the dentures into place. Most patients feel well immediately after treatment and are able to test out their new teeth the same day.
Mini implants can be a great alternative to traditional dental implants. Patients who do not have the time to commit to traditional implants, but who are looking for added security for dentures, should seriously consider the benefits of mini implants. Mini implants stabilize dentures so that they cannot slip or shift out of place. Additionally, mini implants make dentures easier to care for and eliminate the need for messy and inconvenient adhesives. All of this is made possible through a quick, minimally invasive procedure that costs less than traditional dental implants.
Learn More about Mini Implants
Contact us at 4Excellence in Dentistry at your earliest convenience to learn more about mini implants. Dr. Ricciuti would be happy to answer any questions you may have about mini implants and help you determine whether they are the right choice for you.
A Minimally Invasive Alternative: The Benefits and Risks of Mini Dental Implants
Advancements in implant dentistry mean patients today have many excellent options for restoring missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts embedded in the jaw, and they are considered an optimal solution, adding strength and stability to dentures and other restorations, like dental crowns. Mini dental implants provide denture patients with an exciting alternative to traditional implants, and offer many unique benefits. Mini implants are more affordable and less invasive than standard implants, and involve a much shorter recovery period. You can learn more about the benefits and risks of mini dental implants at our Long Island practice. Contact 4Excellence in Dentistry to schedule an appointment with our implant dentist, Dr. Lewis Ricciuti.
About Mini Dental Implants
Like standard implants, mini implants provide a sturdy base to secure dental restorations firmly in place. The titanium posts serve as artificial roots, so your restorations will function as closely as possible to natural teeth. Mini implants are smaller in diameter than traditional dental implants, and the surgical placement process is much less invasive. The recovery time following mini implant placement is much shorter than the recovery time following placement of traditional implants.
Benefits & Risks: A Closer Look
Mini implants provide many benefits to patients who have suffered tooth loss and need to restore their smile with prosthetic restorations:
- Mini implants are an excellent way to stabilize dentures so they will not slip out of place, and they eliminate the need for messy adhesives.
- Mini implants can be placed in as little as two hours, and are immediately ready to support restorations. Patients can leave the dentist’s office with a fully restored smile, and even eat a meal the same day.
- Standard implants require ample jawbone density. Patients may require bone grafting prior to traditional implant surgery. Patients who have been disqualified for traditional implants because of jawbone atrophy are often good candidates for mini implants.
- Because the surgery is less invasive and the time investment is minimal, mini implants are more affordable than traditional dental implants.
- Like traditional implants, mini implants offer the benefit of improved jawbone health. Implants stimulate the jawbone similarly to natural tooth roots, and halt the process of bone atrophy that occurs when teeth are missing.
As with any surgery, there are some risks involved in placing mini implants, including infection. The surest way to minimize these risks is to choose an experienced oral surgeon.
In comparison to traditional implants, mini implants provide a lesser degree of support because of their smaller size. In some cases, mini implants can secure dental crowns and bridges, but they are utilized most effectively for dentures or larger bridges. For patients who have a tendency to clench their jaw or grind their teeth, there is a greater risk of malfunction because of the increased pressure on the implant.
Depending upon the individual patient, standard implants may be a better choice, and Dr. Ricciuti at 4Excellence in Dentistry can help make this determination during a consultation.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have experienced tooth loss and are interested in restoring your smile, find out if mini dental implants are right for you. Contact 4Excellence in Dentistry today to schedule your initial appointment.
What Do Mini Dental Implants Cost?
Tooth loss can take a serious toll on your quality of life. It can be frustrating to give up your favorite foods, and a restricted variety in your diet can impact your health. Missing teeth or an ineffective dental appliance can also compromise your appearance and self-confidence.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are embedded in the jaw to support restorations like crowns and dentures. They are an excellent way to replace lost teeth. Mini implants are an increasingly popular and affordable alternative for many patients. Mini dental implants cost less than standard dental implants, and offer many other benefits as well. To find out more about what mini dental implants cost, contact our Long Island practice today.
Mini Implants: A Worthwhile Investment
Dental implant posts function like artificial tooth roots, holding restorations securely in place so they will not slip or become dislodged. In addition to restored function and aesthetics, dental implants also provide stimulation to the jawbone, preventing the atrophy that occurs in the prolonged absence of tooth roots.
Mini implants are smaller in diameter than traditional dental implants, and the placement process is much less invasive. Once they have been placed, mini implants can immediately support a dental appliance. The entire mini implant placement process can be completed in less than two hours, allowing patients to leave our office prepared to eat a meal with their new teeth.
Calculating Treatment Costs
Mini implants are much more affordable than standard dental implants. The benefits provided by implants – as well as the expenses involved in wearing traditional non-implant dentures – must be considered.
When patients with missing teeth wear a traditional dental appliance, the jawbone will atrophy. This condition affects the structure of the face, contributing to the sunken look that occurs when tooth loss is not addressed for many years. It also explains why traditional dentures and bridges frequently start to come loose and fit differently over time, requiring adjustments or replacement. During the course of a patient’s lifetime, this can add up to a need for many dental appointments and replacement appliances.
Mini implant-supported dentures will not become loose or need to be altered because of a shrinking jawbone. Mini implants actually halt the atrophy process, preserving bone density. When they are placed by a dentist skilled in implant dentistry, implant-supported dentures can last for years. Benefits include increased comfort, unparalleled denture stability, and a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Flexible Financing Available
Our office will work closely with your insurance plan to try to secure coverage for your mini dental implants. For any treatment costs that are not covered, we offer flexible financing plans that can break your total cost of treatment into manageable payments. The exact cost of your custom mini implants varies on a case-by-case basis, and can only be determined during a personal consultation with Lewis Ricciuti, BS, DDS.
Learn More about the Cost of Mini Implants
You can learn more about the cost of mini implants during a consultation. Contact us today.
Mini Dental Implants Candidacy: Are Mini Implants Right for You?
If you have experienced tooth loss, you are most likely exploring solutions to help restore the function and beauty of your smile. Dental implants are small titanium posts embedded into the jaw that provide a secure foundation for restorations like dental crowns and dentures. Implants are recognized as the gold standard for restoring missing teeth, and mini dental implants are an excellent alternative solution. Patients who are not good candidates for traditional implants are often pleased to find out they do qualify for mini dental implants candidacy. Our Long Island dentists can determine your candidacy during a consultation. To learn more about whether mini dental implants are right for you, contact 4Excellence in Dentistry today.
Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
Like standard dental implants, mini implants consist of titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to serve as artificial roots for dental restorations. Implant-supported dentures and bridges will not come loose like traditional dental appliances can, and also help prevent the atrophy of the jaw that occurs when teeth are missing.
Because mini implants are smaller in diameter than traditional implants, the placement process is much less complex. Once mini implants have been placed, they can immediately support a restoration. The entire process typically takes less than two hours, and patients can expect to leave our office with a fully functional, natural-looking smile. Mini implant patients also experience less discomfort and a shorter recovery time compared with traditional implant surgery.
Schedule an Appointment
Missing teeth can negatively affect your diet, your oral health, and your appearance. For many patients, mini dental implants are the ideal restorative solution. Learn more about your candidacy for mini dental implants during a consultation at our practice. Contact 4Excellence in Dentistry today!
Candidacy and Considerations
Because mini dental implants are smaller, they do not require the same amount of jawbone density that is needed to successfully support traditional implants. Although some patients with compromised jawbone density can undergo bone grafting prior to dental implant surgery, mini implants may be a more favorable option for some of these patients.
During your initial evaluation with Dr. Ricciuti, our implant dentist, our cone beam imaging technology will be used to help determine whether mini implants are the best treatment option for you. This advanced technology allows us to conduct an in-depth analysis of your jawbone using digital imaging. Our dentists most frequently recommend the use of mini implants for patients who need an entire dental arch restored. Multiple mini implants can be used to support larger bridges and dentures, but because of their smaller size, these implants are less effective for securing single dental crowns or small bridges.
Despite their many benefits, mini implants are not right for everyone. This type of implant may not be the best choice for patients who are chronic teeth grinders, because the pressure can damage the implant over time. We will make absolutely certain that mini implants will benefit you before recommending this treatment.