Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
With the ability to acquire 3D images, our office can now offer computer guided implant placement in most cases without incisions and stitches. Local anesthesia is all that is required.
We can offer patients a wide range of options for their tooth (teeth) replacement. Our approach is a restorative driven protocol where we place implants (number & location) based on what replacement option the patient chooses.
Inclusive Mini Implants
Inclusive Mini Implants are self-tapping threaded titanium screws indicated for provisional and long-term applications. These devices allow for the immediate loading and long-term stabilization of dentures in the presence of primary stability and appropriate occlusal loading.
"Mini" or small-diameter implants (SDIs) are traditionally prescribed for patients who do not receive root-form implants due to medical, anatomical or financial reasons. The benefits include a minimally invasive surgical protocol, immediate loading and affordability. They can accommodate new or existing dentures, which are anchored to the heads of the mini implants via a simple and effective O-ring retention system, providing edentulous patients new levels of comfort and confidence.
A mini implant typically has a diameter of 3.0 mm or less, with conventional, root-form implants consisting of larger diameters. This narrow diameter means that less bone is required for implant placement, mitigating the need for traumatic and costly grafting procedures in atrophic ridges. Also, instead of drilling a full-length osteotomy, as is the case with root-form implants, standard mini implant surgical protocol involves drilling a pilot hole roughly one-half the length of the endosseous (threaded section) of the implant body. The mini implant is then advanced to depth with a torque wrench or handpiece driver. If primary stability is achieved, the heads of the mini implants may be immediately loaded with a new or existing denture. This surgical process is both simpler and less traumatic than conventional implant surgical protocols. And the overall cost of placing a mini implant is significantly less than that of a root-form implant.