I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, a dental implant dentist in the La Mesa area. In a recent post, I explained how traditional dental implants are used to dramatically improve the lives of my La Mesa denture and cosmetic dentistry clients. Today’s topic is mini dental implants, sometimes called ‘immediate implants’.
Though they are not as well known as traditional tooth implants, mini implants are also being used successfully in La Mesa to improve smiles. Like their larger diameter counterparts, mini implants can support a restoration for one or more missing teeth or replace a bridge or fixed denture. La Mesa tooth restoration clients and denture wearers benefit greatly from these slip free dental implants that are anchored securely in the jaw bone.
In some cases, a patient is unable to receive traditional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also La Mesa mini implant patients who are not able to undergo dental implant surgery due to health issues. These overdenture patients in the La Mesa area are often excellent candidates for the mini version.
The placement of toothpick-size mini dental implants can usually be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if necessary, is usually very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.
Many La Mesa cosmetic dentistry clients are happy to learn that mini implants are a lower cost dental implant option. Don’t let the word ‘mini’ fool you; Your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants.
Call Jeff Gray DDS at 619-717-8560 to schedule a consultation.