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Have you been told that you’re not a candidate for dental implants? That you lack the jawbone density necessary to support a dental implant? Or that your health is too compromised to place a dental implant?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you owe it to yourself to learn more about mini dental implants. At 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, we’ve used mini dental implants to restore the smiles of countless patients. Even if you’re not a candidate for traditional dental implants, we may be able to use mini dental implants to fill gaps in your smile or secure your dentures.

In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to answer some common questions our patients have about mini dental implants. Let’s get started!

What Is a Mini Dental Implant?

As the name implies, a mini dental implant is a smaller version of a dental implant. As with traditional dental implants, a biocompatible metal post is surgically embedded into your jaw to act as a foundation for a dental restoration (such as an artificial tooth). The principle difference between mini dental implants and traditional dental implants is that a smaller titanium post is used (about half the size of the titanium post used for traditional dental implants).

What Are the Advantages of Mini Dental Implants?

Mini dental implants offer some advantages over traditional dental implants. They tend to be a less expensive option than traditional dental implants. In addition, mini dental implants are often effective for patients who can’t undergo a traditional dental implant procedure. Even if you lack the jawbone density needed to place a traditional dental implant, a mini dental implant may work for you. Lastly, mini dental implants heal faster than traditional dental implants.

Will Mini Dental Implants Work for Me?

It depends on the type of restorative work you need performed on your teeth. If you’re missing a tooth or two, mini dental implants can be used to support an incredibly lifelike article tooth in place of your missing tooth. Mini dental implants can also be used to secure lower dentures. This can help you live your life —smile, laugh, speak, and eat — without fear of your lower dentures slipping and falling out of your mouth.

How Are Mini Dental Implants Placed?

When we place mini dental implants at 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, we begin by making a complete and detailed treatment plan. We use the latest in dental technology, such as digital X-rays and intraoral cameras, to get a better understanding of your oral health. If we detect any disease or infection, we treat it before placing your mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants are then placed like other types of dental implants. The implant is surgically embedded into your jawbone. Once the implant is healed, we then use it support your new dental restoration. We offer sedation dentistry including oral sedation and IV sedation so you won’t experience any discomfort during your treatment.

Where Can I Get Mini Dental Implants?

1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, is proud to offer mini dental implants. Mini dental implants can fill gaps in your smile, or secure existing dentures, with a shorter healing time than traditional dental implants. Plus you’ll be able to go on vacation with all the money you save! To take the first step towards a new smile, schedule an appointment at our comfortable and modern office. You can call our office at 972-380-8105 or fill out our online form for more information.