Mini Dental Implants in rockford, dixon and janesville
Similar in nature to traditional implants, mini dental implants provide support for replacement teeth, including fixed crowns, bridges, and/or dentures and are a popular option for patients who are not viable candidates (or do not want to have) conventional restorations. Common reasons why patients may not be viable candidates is due to lack of jawbone mass or being at an increased risk for invasive surgery required for traditional implants. Unlike single tooth implants or traditional dental implants, mini dental implants are smaller in size, narrower, and use a screw instead of posts. There are a range of benefits associated with having mini dental implants placed, one of the biggest being that they can typically be installed in just one visit and do not typically require the use of anesthesia or sutures.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for mini dental implants, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Pros and Cons of Mini Dental Implants
In considering whether mini dental implants are right for you, it may be helpful to consider some of the unique advantages they offer and weigh those against some of the disadvantages.
- Eliminates the need for complex flap surgery
- Faster procedural time then traditional dental implants
- Reduces or eliminates the need for bone graft
- Less invasive
- Fast recovery time
- Cost effective
- Can be completed in one visit
- Prevents facial collapse
- Cannot be placed in areas of the jaw with insufficient vertical bone
- Not recommended for patients with bruxism
- Not recommended for upper jaw implants
- Multiple implants required make this an unviable option for patients missing multiple teeth
What to Expect During the Mini Dental Implant Process
Prior to performing the placement of mini dental implants, we will conduct an in depth dental and medical health history review to determine the underlying reason why a mini dental implant is necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or signs of periodontal disease.
Once the underlying cause has been identified and it is determined that mini dental implants are the appropriate treatment option for you, it will be necessary to take diagnostic exams (CT scan and X-Rays) to determine the precise placement of the implant. Once the optimal locations are marked, the procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Following this, a pilot drill is used to create a small hole in the tissue through which the mini dental implants are placed, with the heads of the implants protruding from the gum tissue. Once properly placed and sufficiently tightened, the new tooth is secured in to place. After examining the implant to ensure the fit and bite are correct, the procedure will be complete.
Aftercare Following Mini Dental Implants
Unlike traditional dental implants, the recovery time involved following the placement of mini dental implants is significantly reduced. All the same, following the surgical placement of your mini dental implant(s), it is essential to follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
- Avoid disturbing the wound
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid brushing your teeth for the first 24 hours, after which you can resume gentle brushing. You can resume flossing your natural teeth after this period, but do not floss the mini dental implant. Moving forward, you should consider alternative flossing options for your dental implants, such as interdental brushes or oral irrigation.
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first week and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Cost of Mini Dental Implants
The cost of having mini dental implants placed will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used, how many implants are placed, how many visits are required to complete the procedure, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for mini dental implants, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.