Dr. Navid Rahmani is a leading dental implant specialist in NYC and one of few implant dentists in NY region to offer newest and most advanced dental implant techniques and procedures for your replacement or new teeth. Dr. Rahmani of NYC Dental Implants Center is located in Midtown Manhattan & Upper East Side, NYC.
Mini Dental Implants vs Traditional Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are different from traditional dental implants as the implant is much narrower and the implant has a screw instead of a post. Mini implants advantages and disadvantages are described below.
The actual design of the implant is slightly different as mini dental implants are a single unit compared to traditional dental implants that normally come in two pieces.
Mini dental implants are still made from the same high quality titanium alloy implants but their smaller size increases the versatility of treatment. You may also hear these dental implants referred to as small diameter implants or narrow body implants.
We recognize that quality and precision are very important to produce aesthetically perfect dental implant. Microscope-assisted precision implants dentistry is used to enhance a implant specialist vision to unprecedented levels. It’s used for polishing and finishing teeth margins and for contouring teeth and teeth implants.
The diameter of a mini implant can vary from 1.8 mm to 2.9 mm. The implant screws may be 10, 13, 15 or 18 mm in length. The strength of a mini implants is determined by the length of the implant screw rather than its diameter.
Who Can Have Mini Implants?
After natural teeth are removed, bone loss is a common problem as the jawbone quickly loses density and mass. It is also possible for the jawbone to deteriorate due to osteoporosis or simply as a natural part of ageing. Although bone graft surgery can build up bone in areas where it is deficient, not everyone is able to undergo this procedure. In this case mini implants can be a good solution as they require less bone for placement.
Mini dental implants may also be a good solution for replacing incisors and where there is simply insufficient room to place a traditional sized dental implant. Mini implants can be particularly useful for securing dentures. There is no evidence to suggest the success of this dental implant treatment is affected by age or gender.
What Is the Procedure for Mini Dental Implants?
You will need a full consultation with Dr. Navid Rahmani to determine your suitability and to discuss this procedure in greater detail. If you decide to proceed, you will need a Cone Beam CT scan and digital dental x-rays.
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Planning Mini Implants
Mini dental implants are planned in exactly the same way as traditional dental implants, using computer guided surgery to place them. Dr. Rahmani will create a surgical stent beforehand using the computerized information provided by your cone beam CT scan showing exactly where the implants will be placed.
The procedure to insert mini dental implants is slightly different compared to traditional dental implants as it is incision free and there is no need for stitches. Often treatment can be completed under local anesthetic and may only take a couple of hours. Instead of making an incision in the gums to expose the jawbone, the dental implants are inserted straight through the gums and into the jawbone.
- Less invasive
- Fewer side effects
- Can be used to restore a small front tooth
- Can be used to secure partial dentures
This treatment is far less invasive and means healing is much quicker with fewer side effects such as swelling and discomfort. Dr Rahmani may provide antibiotics to be taken after treatment and we may recommend you use an antibacterial mouthwash. After the implants are in place, they can be used to secure loose full or partial dentures or a small tooth.
If Used to Secure Dentures
Dentures have special attachments on the fitting surfaces that will clip onto special attachments on the dental implants. These attachments are called O-rings. Your dentures can be fitted soon after surgery is completed, so there is no need to worry you will be left without teeth at any time.
If Used to Replace a Small Tooth
If your mini dental implant is being used to restore a small front tooth, you will be provided with a temporary tooth and eventually an implant crown once the implant has fully healed.
Advantages of Using Mini Implants
This procedure can be very quick as sometimes it is possible for mini dental implants to be immediately restored with a new prosthesis.The surgery is less invasive than traditional dental implant surgery as there is no need for Dr Rahmani to make an incision into the gums and no need for stitches. As a result healing times are quicker and there are fewer side effects such as swelling and discomfort.
The narrower implant screw makes it easier to avoid essential structures such as nerves and sinuses. The smaller size of mini dental implants is reflected in a reduced price and this can be a good solution for anyone wishing for affordable, high quality implants, particularly when securing loose dentures.
Disadvantages of Using Mini Dental Implants
- Require a good amount of vertical bone
- Greater number of mini implants are required
- Not recomended for upper jaw where bone density tends to be lower
- Require between 10 and 12 dental implants to stabilize upper denture
Although mini dental implants are suitable for areas where bone is deficient, they still require a good amount of vertical bone because the screws are quite long. When used for denture stabilization, a greater number of mini dental implants are required compared to traditional dental implant systems. Mini dental implants may not be the best solution for replacing teeth in the upper jaw where bone density tends to be lower. When mini implants are used to stabilize an upper denture then this process will typically require between 10 and 12 dental implants. This may mean more traditional dental implants are a more cost-effective solution.
Success Rates for Mini Implants
Mini implants have been much less widely studied compared to traditional dental implants so there is very little long-term data available showing success rates and longevity of this treatment. There is the potential for mini dental implants to last just as long as traditional dental implants, but expert treatment combined with continued dental care is essential.
Risk Factors of Having Mini Dental Implants
The unique design of mini dental implants does mean they are only suitable for specific situations. This is why a careful evaluation is required before surgery is carried out. Their single piece construction does mean that if anything goes wrong and the implant head wears down over time, then the entire implant will need to be replaced.
What Is the Alternative to Having Mini Implants?
Alternative treatments include using dentures to restore missing teeth. Dental bridges may be used if any natural teeth are present and are strong enough to support them. Mini implants are best used in specific situations and if Dr. Rahmani suggests this treatment then it is because he feels it will provide the most long-lasting and reliable solution.
What Is the Cost of Mini Dental Implants?
The cost of mini implant treatment is significantly lower compared to traditional dental implant treatment. This is because of the smaller size of the dental implants combined with quicker treatment times.
Dr. Navid Rahmani is an internationally recognized, Board Certified Periodontist and top dentist in Midtown NYC. All procedures are performed on Upper East Side in our Midtown NYC dental center. If you have any questions about Mini Dental Implants or to make an appointment please call our Midtown Manhattan dental implants center:
NYC Dental Implants Center
225 East 64th Street Ste 1B
New York, New York 10065
(64th St. btw 2nd/3rd Ave.)