mini implantsMini Implants

Are you a denture wearer and have been told that you are not a candidate for dental implants? If this sounds familiar, then consider a consultation with Raleigh periodontist Dr. Otis Washington.

Years of missing teeth and wearing dentures can result in the resorption of the jawbone. At Triangle Periodontics, we offer what is known as a “mini implant” procedure that is suitable for many patients with diminished jawbone levels. Traditional implants often require bone grafts or sinus lifts for patients with minimal amounts of jawbone. However, mini implants offer a revolutionary approach to implants without the need for extra implant services.

What are mini implants?

A mini implant consists of a miniature sized titanium post that acts as the root of your tooth. On the top of the implant sits a retaining fixture that snaps into a corresponding fixture on your denture. The result is a more comfortable, stable denture that enables you to enjoy life without worrying about your teeth.

How are mini implants different from ordinary sized implants?

With a regular sized dental implant, there needs to be a certain amount of bone structure available to place the implant. With mini implants, less space is needed, allowing the use of a site that has less than adequate bone.

Placing mini implants is also often simpler and less time-intensive than placing full-sized implants. Full-sized implants generally require several months of healing before they can reliably support dental restorations, while mini implants can often support a denture right away.

Mini implants – the procedure

The procedure for placing mini implants is usually simple and relatively pain-free, and the recovery time is often just a day or two. Modifications to the denture are made on the same day the implants are placed, so you can begin wearing it with your new implants right away.

Benefits of mini implants  

Mini implants provide a secure and comfortable fit for your dentures. If you are tired of your dentures slipping or falling out when you talk or eat, this revolutionary procedure can provide you with confidence. The best part is that with mini implants, you no longer have to worry about ill-fitting dentures or those messy denture adhesives!

Follow-up care 

Even implants require oral hygiene, as do your gums. You still should brush your gums, and clean your dentures daily to remove bacteria from your mouth and around the implants. Failing to keep your mouth clean could result in failure of your dental implants. Also, you will need to visit the dentist regularly checkups to ensure your implants are stable and that your denture is still fitting properly. With proper maintenance, your mini implants should last a lifetime.

How will I afford mini implants?

Cost should never be the deciding factor when choosing to get a healthy smile that makes you feel confident, but most often that is the case. However, at Triangle Periodontics, we never want you to not get the dental treatments that you need or desire because of finances. This is why we offer a variety of payment options including third party financing with interest-free, low monthly payments for those who qualify.

To learn more about mini implants or to schedule a consultation, please call 919-782-9536.

Triangle Periodontics welcomes patients of Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina.