Mini Dental Implants
Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A – Both mini dental implants and dental implants are fabricated substitutes for natural teeth that have either fallen out or been extracted due to injury, tooth decay or gum disease. The difference is that mini dental implants were originally used as a temporary hold for a missing tooth before the actual dental implant was fitted. These mini implants are used for anchoring loose dentures with an O-ring fitted to a titanium post that mimics a tooth root. They are also effective for replacing small teeth or a single missing tooth.
A – People with damaged or fractured small teeth, or who experience loose dentures, particularly lower dentures, can have mini dental implants fitted. Our resident dentist is trained to identify when mini dental implants are needed. Usually mini dental implants are used for people of mid-age upwards because the treatment is gentle and still allows them to all kinds of foods that they enjoy. If you are concerned about a loose denture, or have a cracked or missing tooth, our resident dentist can examine your teeth and advise you on the best options to have natural looking and comfortable teeth.
A – Mini dental implants are usually suitable for people with small teeth and those with loose fitting dentures. Age is not really a limitation, but the quality of bone tissue and oral health condition can be factors that limit the type of implant usable. Other habits and conditions, like excessive smoking and alcohol consumption, or auto-immune diseases, can slow healing and affect how the titanium post of the implant fuses with the natural bone. Our resident dentist will advise you on the appropriateness of mini dental implants and discuss your overall oral health with you during examination.
A – A missing small tooth or loose dentures can cause aggravation to the gums and other teeth which can cause gum disease. Your natural tooth structure can become stressed and change your facial features if you leave a missing small tooth. Loose dentures are also uncomfortable and can affect your oral and mental well-being. If you are concerned about a missing small tooth or loose dentures, our resident dentist can discuss your concerns with you and advise you on treatment options for optimal oral health.
A – The main benefits of having mini dental implants are that they replace a small missing tooth to support your tooth structure and bite. They also secure loose dentures making them much more natural and comfortable to wear. For dentures, mini implants can also be easily removed and adjusted. You will also experience improved oral and overall wellbeing, because of the attractiveness of having natural feeling and looking teeth that give you a confident smile.
A – Examination: Our resident dentist will meet with you to discuss the condition of your teeth in case pre-treatment is needed for tooth decay or gum disease. Then, if the concern is a small tooth, the site where the damaged or small missing tooth is will be assessed. If your discomfort is loose dentures, the fit of the dentures will be looked at, and in both cases an X-ray or Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan may be done to evaluate the bone structures of your mouth. Thereafter, the diagnosis is explained to you before our laboratory custom-creates the titanium mini dental implants and crown or bridge for you as a replacement for your missing tooth or as a support to your dentures (depending on which is needed).
Sedation: Our resident dentist will give you a local anaesthetic so that the procedure is pain-free.
Placement and Abutment: The procedure is quite simple and involves a tiny hole made in the gum and jaw bone for the safe titanium alloy post and implant to fit into and fuse with. Once the implant fuses with the bone just like a natural tooth root, the mini dental crown is slotted into the post to the implant (known as abutment) as your new natural-looking tooth. In the case of dentures, they automatically snap onto the mini implant and securely hold the dentures in place for maximum comfort. Our resident dentist will explain the process to you fully at your initial examination.
A – For pain-free procedure, our resident dentist will give you a local anaesthetic while preparing your teeth and fitting the mini dental implant, either to replace a single small tooth or to reinforce your dentures. If you feel anxiety, our resident dentist can also discuss sedation options with you. You may feel some tenderness after the local anaesthetic wears off; this depends on the sensitivity levels of patients. Some patients are able to eat light meals shortly after. Our sympathetic resident dentist will answer all your questions prior to treatment and will also explain the sensations that you may feel, and what can be done to make sure that you feel comfortable.
A - The process of fitting the mini dental implant(s) can take about an hour and some patients can eat light meals shortly after. Patient needs differ according to their general and oral health, and their healing rate. Our resident dentist is sensitive to patient needs and will fully inform you of what to do after treatment for optimum care of all teeth both natural and natural-resembling ones.
A – The mini dental implant procedure takes about an hour and healing occurs quite quickly because of the gentle procedure involved. Some patients may take a little longer time to adjust to their implant and new dentures, and this can depend on their rate of healing and the condition of their oral health. Usually our resident dentist schedules your follow-up appointment straight after the procedure. You are also welcome to phone anytime with questions that our resident dentist will answer for you, to set your mind at ease and to allow you to feel confident about your oral health.
A – Mini dental implants are much like natural smaller teeth that either replace a missing tooth or support your dentures from shifting. The substitute tooth part is a crown or bridge usually made of porcelain and looks no different from healthy white looking teeth. Looking after your mini dental implants and natural teeth is the same. You also need to brush with fluoride toothpaste according to recommended brushing techniques, and rinse with a chlorhexidine mouthwash. Weekly flossing prevents food build-up and plaque that can cause gum disease. After the initial treatment, gentle brushing around the implant site is recommended. Our resident dentist will advise you on how to look after your mini dental implant(s) at the time of treatment so that you can preserve natural bright looking teeth.
A – Mini dental implants are available world-wide with a high success rate due to the strength of the titanium that allows for normal chewing of food. Depending on the patient's oral health and bone structure, some wear mini implants in excess of ten years. Always following recommended oral hygiene practice and consulting our resident dentist with concerns and for regular check-ups will help you maintain your mini dental implant(s) and dentures. If any treatments are needed, these can be provided sooner rather than later to prevent unhealthy gums and teeth.
A – The cost of mini dental implants depends on a number of factors like patient dental health condition, the operation of the dental surgery, the dental materials or brand of mini-implant used, and treatment procedures. Sometimes patients opt for mini dental implants as a more economical option to dental implants. Rather than being concerned about not affording implants, contact our resident dentist for advice. At your initial examination, an X-ray or CT Scan may be needed and our resident dentist will then advise you on the suitability of mini dental implants, the treatments required and all the costs involved and payment options available.
A - After initially meeting with our resident dentist, you may wish to postpone treatment, and our surgery can accommodate you. Some patients also consider other options, such as partial dentures and bridges that also effectively anchor your natural teeth. Our resident dentist is looking forward to seeing you and to talk with you about these options and the treatment most appropriate for your oral wellbeing.