Mini Dental Implants in Walnut Creek, CA
Tooth Restoration for Patients Who Cannot Receive Traditional Implants
At Muir Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery, we make implant-based tooth restoration possible for as many patients as possible through advancements in the dental field, such as bone grafting techniques and mini dental implants. These implants function the same way as traditional implants and are a great option for patients who cannot undergo invasive surgery or who lack jaw bone density.
Dr. Nestor Karas works with you to develop a custom treatment plan for a beautiful, long-term solution. If you are missing teeth and wish to have a complete, healthy smile you can wear with pride, contact Muir Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery in Walnut Creek, CA, today for a consultation.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement option for one or more missing teeth. They are designed to look, feel, and function like a healthy adult tooth. A mini dental implant consists of a smaller implant post that attaches to the crown. Your replacement teeth will blend in with your other teeth and you will be able to eat, smile, and speak with confidence.
Due to their smaller nature, mini dental implants provide adults suffering from tooth loss, bone density issues, or bone resorption with a healthy replacement solution. These implants are designed to provide the same benefits as standard implants, such as maintaining teeth alignment and preventing gum disease. Both types of dental implants include a post that acts as a tooth root, which stimulates the jaw to prevent bone loss.
The Difference Between Dental Implants and Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants, but smaller. A traditional implant has a diameter of 3–6mm, while a mini implant is about half that size. A standard implant consists of three parts: an implant post, an abutment, and a crown. A mini dental implant only consists of two parts: an implant post with a ball attached and a crown. Because the mini implant is smaller, it does not receive the full support from the jaw bone that a standard implant does. However, it still provides the jaw bone with necessary stimulation to keep it strong.
The implant procedure is slightly different. A traditional implant often requires two procedures to place the post and then the abutment. With mini dental implants, there is no abutment, so only one surgical visit is necessary. Multiple mini dental implants can be used to support a fixed denture through full-arch restoration just like traditional implants for a complete smile makeover.
Mini Dental Implants—What to Expect During the Procedure
The procedure to place a mini dental implant is less involved than regular dental implant surgery. It is much quicker, and typically only local anesthesia is necessary to numb the surgical area. Dr. Karas will make an incision in the gum tissue, which is smaller than that of a traditional implant, and place the mini implant post. He will suture the gum tissue and place the temporary crown or denture. Once the implant post has healed, a restorative dentist will place the final, custom made crown or prosthesis.
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Mini Dental Implants FAQ
How long do mini dental implants last?Both traditional and mini dental implants are made of titanium. With proper care, both of these types of implants can last for a lifetime.
How do I maintain my mini dental implant?Care for your implant just like a natural tooth with regular brushing and flossing. Attend regular dental exams so your dentist can evaluate the tooth and ensure it is being properly cared for.
What type of dentist places mini dental implants?An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will place the implant post into the jaw bone. A restorative dentist designs and places the final custom crown. This collaborative approach is similar to regular dental implants.
Will people know the difference between my dental implant and natural teeth?The final crown is designed to blend in with your other teeth. It is created in a high-tech dental lab specifically to match the size, shape, and color of the other teeth. Many people will not be able to tell which tooth is the replacement.
Can I get a mini dental implant years after my tooth fell out?As long as there is enough jaw bone to support the implant post, you can receive a dental implant. Mini dental implants are ideal for those suffering from jaw bone density issues or for elderly adults who have experienced jaw bone resorption.
What is the cost of a mini dental implant in Walnut Creek?The cost for this treatment differs for everyone. We consider multiple factors when determining cost, such as the number of implants you need, the overall complexity of your procedure, your choice of anesthesia, and your insurance. To find out the cost of your treatment, schedule a consultation with us in Walnut Creek, CA, today.
Find us in Walnut Creek, CA
Muir Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery is on the east side of Walnut Creek, just off of Ygnacio Valley Rd and La Casa Via. We invite you to schedule a consultation and learn about how dental implants can benefit your smile—and your life.
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