If you’ve been doing your research to find a way to replace your missing teeth and regain your confidence, then you’ve probably read a lot online about dental implants — both traditional and “mini” dental implants.
While you may be getting accurate information from those websites, there are some misconceptions out there about mini dental implant technology in particular.
Learn the facts about mini dental implants and find out if they’re right for you.
MYTH #1: If you can’t get standard implants, you also can’t get mini dental implants
Patients looking to replace one, a few or all of their missing teeth will also usually have some bone loss in their jaw due to periodontal disease or the bone degradation that comes from not having a tooth in the jaw.
In some cases, patients don’t have enough bone to support a traditional implant — but that doesn’t mean they’re automatically not a candidate for mini implants. In fact, mini dental implants are used in many situations when a patient has been told that they are not a candidate for standard dental implants.
MYTH #2: Mini dental implants are temporary
When mini dental implants are placed into the jaw by experts and are cared for properly, they can last forever. At Potomac Dental Centre, the mini dental implant technology they use is a patented Ossean Surface, and their dentist is experienced and dedicated to giving you a beautiful, healthy smile, with permanent mini implants.
MYTH #3: Mini dental implant surgery is painful
In general, your mini implant surgery will be performed under local anesthesia. The implant will feel stable and secure as soon as the first day, although you may feel some soreness and discomfort. You’ll need to be careful with what foods you eat during your recovery time, but otherwise, there is minimal discomfort — both during and after surgery.
MYTH #4: The recovery time is longer than traditional implants
With a mini dental implant, the recovery time is actually much less than with a standard implant, because mini implants are less invasive and traumatic. In fact, due to the smaller diameter of the implant, there is less trauma to the jaw bone, allowing the blood supply to create faster healing time. This ultimately allows the ability to finish the restoration (crown, bridge or denture) in less time than a traditional sized implant.
MYTH #5: Mini dental implants are expensive
Mini dental implants generally cost less than standard implants and are certainly a more cost-effective choice over other tooth replacement methods, such as a bridge, which may need to be replaced every 10 years or so. Plus, you’ll need fewer visits and that further decreases overall cost.
To find out if you’re a candidate for mini dental implants and discuss your options, make an appointment at Potomac Dental Centre for a free consultation today. Not only will your smile be restored, but also your confidence!
Everett J. Eklund, DDS, along with the entire team at Potomac Dental Centre in Hagerstown, Maryland, is dedicated to the dental and oral health of their community. Services include general, family dentistry, prevention, sedation and cosmetic dentistry, as well as dental implants.