In contrast to traditional dental implants, the procedure is much quicker and simpler. Mini dental implants are usually placed directly into the pre-drilled hole in the jaw socket, without the need for an incision; a small hand-held tool is used to create the hole in the bone and the implant is gently guided through the gum tissue and into the socket. The implant is screwed into the socket to ensure the restoration can be secured firmly.
Most patients have four mini dental implants fitted along the lower jaw to support a set of dentures, which would be used to replace six missing teeth.
Mini dental implants can be used to support restorations straight away, unlike traditional implants, which require a healing period of around 3 to 6 months; during this time a temporary restoration is fitted and the patient must return after the implant has settled for the permanent restoration to be fitted.
Mini dental implants should be a long-term treatment; however, it is beneficial for general oral health to visit the dentist every six to twelve months for a check-up and the dentist may advise patients to attend more regular check-ups if they have dental implants.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure usually takes around an hour and a half to complete; however, this will usually depend on the amount of implants being fitted and the nature of the individual case.
Your dentist will explain what will happen during the procedure and how long the procedure will take before the treatment begins.