Mini dental implants are smaller than normal implants but behave in much the same way. They are often used as additional support for removable dentures but can also be used for individual tooth replacement. Due to their smaller size, the amount of time required for healing is much shorter. Patients can contact Dr. John Tan for additional mini dental implants information in McAllen, TX.
What are mini dental implants?
Mini dental implants are essentially small titanium screws that are placed in the jaw to replicate the natural tooth structure. Once the implants are in place, they will naturally fuse with the jaw bone and cannot be removed without surgery. This process is known as “osseointegration” and takes just a few months. In many cases, a set of dentures is attached to the implants as a form of multiple tooth replacement.
Traditional dental implants generally require multiple office visits and the entire process can span across several months. However, mini dental implants can be placed in a single visit and the healing process is much shorter. Since they are smaller in size, the need for bone grafting is unnecessary in most cases. This means that your tooth replacement can be set in place during the same session as an extraction.
How does it work?
Placing mini dental implants is designed to be a quick yet effective tooth replacement procedure. First, Dr. Tan will administer a local anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort. Then, using an extremely precise surgical method, the mini dental implants are set in place.
When compared to a traditional dental implant procedure, placing mini dental implants is much shorter and less invasive. There is no need for a second surgery and the gum tissue does not have to be reopened to attach the implant crown. Patients in need of tooth replacement can contact Dr. Tan to learn more about mini dental implants in McAllen, TX.