Mini Dental Implants
Dr. Richard Champagne is one of the most experienced implant dentists in New Jersey. He understands that each patient has unique needs when it comes to their oral health, which is why he offers several different treatment options for patients who require tooth replacement. One of these advanced procedures is mini dental implants. Mini dental implants are a great option for patients who require replacement of a few missing teeth, as well as those who are looking for denture stabilization. Learn more about mini dental implants below and contact Dr. Champagne’s office today to schedule a consultation.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
As the name suggests, mini dental implants are smaller than traditional dental implants – ranging in diameter from 1.8mm to 3mm versus 3.5mm to 7mm. Mini implants have been approved by the FDA for use for crowns, bridges and removable over-dentures. Mini dental implants are similar to traditional implants in that they help patients replace missing teeth. The biggest difference between traditional dental implants and mini dental implants, is the procedure during which they are placed.
The Mini Dental Implants Procedure
Because mini dental implants are smaller, they can be more easily and less-invasively implanted into the gums. This means that the mini dental implant procedure can be completed in just one office appointment, rather than take place over several months and several visits to the dentists’ office. During the single dentist appointment, Dr. Champagne can place the mini implants in the jaw, and then affix the crown or bridge to the implant. Mini dental implants are also ideal when replacing smaller teeth, such as incisors.
Cost of Mini Dental Implants
A shorter dental procedure also translates into another great benefit of mini dental implants – the cost. Because mini dental implants use less material, require less-invasive treatment and fewer office appointments, mini dental implants are a great alternative for individuals who are concerned about how much dental implants cost. Mini dental implants can be significantly less expensive than traditional dental implants. Those patients who are looking for low cost dental implants, may elect to have mini dental implants placed so they can get treatment as soon as possible. It should be noted, however, that while in many cases mini dental implants can last as long as their traditional counterparts, the latter are recommended as the best option for long-term treatment.
Mini Dental Implants & Denture Stabilization
Mini dental implants are most commonly used for denture stabilization. During this procedure, four mini implants are precisely placed in the jaw. An abutment is then added to the implant to enable stabilization of dentures. This is a welcomed treatment for patients who have dealt with traditional dentures throughout their life. The addition of mini dental implants improves patient comfort while talking, eating and drinking. And, more importantly, placing dentures with mini dental implants can reduce the risk of gum recession and additional oral health problems.
An additional benefit of mini dental implants is reduced recovery time. With only one dental appointment required and less-invasive treatment to the gums, patients can expect a shorter recovery period. Most patients who receive mini dental implants are given over-the-counter medication to handle any discomfort, but may only feel discomfort for 24-48 hours.
Why It’s Important to Replace Missing Teeth
While many patients think that losing a tooth or several teeth poses only an aesthetic problem, the truth is that not properly replacing teeth can lead to many other oral health issues, including, but not limited to, bone deterioration, gum recession, teeth shifting and infection. It is imperative that all patients who experience tooth loss seek treatment from a qualified dentist, like Dr. Champagne. Dr. Champagne works will all patients to design a treatment plan that will work for them, regardless of budget. In addition to offering mini dental implants, Dr. Champagne also offers all-on-four implant treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you have been considering mini dental implants and would like to learn more about the options available at Champagne Smiles, we encourage you to contact us today at 732-972-0918. Dr. Champagne will discuss all of your treatment options and help you get the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.