Mini Dental Implants vs. Standard Implants

implant dentistry las vegasImplant dentistry has provided a range of options for those who need to replace missing teeth. One of these options is mini dental implants, which provide an alternative to standard implants.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini dental implants are similar to traditional implants but are much smaller in diameter. Instead of each implant supporting an individual tooth, several implants—often six—are used to anchor a denture. Mini implants are about the diameter of a toothpick. They are seated directly in the jawbone in a fairly simple surgical procedure. A denture can then be attached to the implants. The stationary implants keep it stable, preventing many of the uncomfortable issues associated with poorly fitted dentures. Often, the denture can be set into place immediately after the implant procedure.

In many cases, your existing denture can be stabilized with mini implants. If it has become loose or uncomfortable, the implants will hold it in place so it will no longer move or shift. This type of implant does not require as much bone mass as a traditional implant, so even if you’ve worn dentures for many years and have suffered atrophy in the jawbone, you might be a candidate for this innovation in implant dentistry.

Am I a Good Candidate for Implants?

To determine if implants are a good choice for you, consult with an implant dentist. Several factors will be considered, including:

  • Your overall health
  • The health of your gums
  • The strength of your jawbone
  • Whether you smoke
  • Whether you have an autoimmune disorder or other problem that slows healing

In general, mini implants are more likely to be a good option than traditional implants if you have lost some jawbone mass. The mini implants require less bone to support them because they are small and because the procedure only requires a small number of them.

If your denture has become uncomfortable or moves around in your mouth, talk to our surgeon about your implant options.

COVID-19 Updates

A COVID-19 message and well wishes from the Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas to all of our patients.

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. Per CDC guidelines we will be continuing with or instituting the following measures. Other measures will be instituted as guided by the authorities.

  • Our staff will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We will be monitoring the health of employees and keeping home any employee who displays symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We will be providing services by appointment only and communicating any special instructions to the patient for the appointment (i.e. face covering).
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  • We will be limiting the contact between the administrative staff and the patients, such as eliminating check-in forms and receipts when possible.

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