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Minimally Invasive Mini Implants

A dental implant is an artificial root that is placed in the bone to replace missing teeth or stabilize a denture.

What is an implant and who needs them?

There are many reasons to have a dental implant placed. Replacing missing teeth is very important to maintain the ability to properly chew your food and not have all your biting on just one side of your mouth. For wearers of dentures, having a loose denture is a nightmare. Using dental implants to stabilize the denture can completely change how you eat and smile.

Traditional Implants

Traditional implants are placed by cutting a flap of gum to expose the bone, then drilling a hole 5-6 mm wide (about the size of a No. 2 pencil). The implant is placed into the bone and the area is left alone to heal for about 2-3 months. At the second visit, a small amount of gum is removed to uncover the implant and place a healing cap onto it. Then an abutment can be placed which connects the implant from below the gum to a visible above the gum structure upon which a crown (cap) can be fabricated.

Minimally Invasive Mini Implants

Minimally Invasive Mini Implants are very different from the traditional implants. At the initial visit we take an impression of the area that is going to have the implant. There is no need to cut a flap of gum, a tiny hole is made through the gum and a very small hole is made in the bone (2 mm). Then a very small implant is placed gently into the bone using ozonated oil to create a bacteria free area and allow for much faster healing. This mini implant has the abutment attached to it as one piece so that no extra visit is necessary. At the same visit that we place the implant, we can also place the finished restoration, the crown.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Mini Implants: