MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS
James Rhea, DDS, & Michael Doherty, DDS,
Smile Transformation Specialist
Trusted and affordable dentistry
for the entire family.
MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dentists can replace missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implants. Bridges and dentures are false teeth that sit on the gum’s surface, but dental implants are inserted into the jawbone so that they aren’t removable. The procedure begins by placing a titanium post into the bone of the jaw, and the bone fuses around the abutment for three to six months. Once the abutment is fused into the bone, the implant is uncovered and then a small post is attached into the implant. It then acts as an anchor for the artificial teeth to be attached to.
MINI IMPLANTS VS. REGULAR IMPLANTS
Mini dental implants have the same structure as regular implants, but are slightly smaller. The mini implants have a titanium post with a ball on the end, and a socket with a rubber O-ring that attaches the tooth to the post. Traditional implants can be from 3.4 to 5.8 mm wide, but mini implants are 1.8 to 3.3 mm in diameter.
As mentioned above, receiving regular implants takes several months and requires at least two dental appointments. Certain treatments require additional visits for bone-grafting to supply sufficient bone to support the implant posts. Still, other patients aren’t able to undergo invasive surgery and repeat dental appointments, or have lost too much bone mass in their jaws to receive a full-sized implant. In these cases, mini implants may be the best option. We can usually install mini implants in only one visit using local anesthesia and without any sutures. Better yet, you can use your new teeth the same day!
Losing natural teeth can be fairly traumatic, spoiling your confidence just as much as your smile. Mini dental implants allow you to speak and eat again, and get your life back to normal. We can tell you if mini implants or regular implants are the best choice for you.
CARE FOR YOUR IMPLANTS
**Practice good oral hygiene. Be sure to brush and floss daily. Using brushes that slide between teeth can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.
**Quit smoking. Smoking weakens the bone structure and can contribute to implant failure.
**Visit us often. Cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your implants are in good condition, and stay that way.
**Avoid chewing on hard foods. Don’t chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.
ADVANTAGES OF BRENTWOOD FAMILY DENTISTRY
Have you lost one or more of your teeth? Most people do sooner or later! It’s best to consult with a professional to discuss all of your options. Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty have over 60 years of combined experience providing implants. We treat you individually, according to your own unique situation. There is not one solution that is best for everyone. We will respect your time and let you make the final decision. We have payment plans to work within your budget. Your comfort and safety are our primary concern. We will make your teeth healthy, natural looking and beautiful again!
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What People are Saying
"Highly Recommend. Extremely friendly staff all around which makes going to the dentist a little better. Doctor Doherty is a great dentist and goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. Excellent work and excellent prices."
"Always a great experience with Dr. Rhea! He is very thoughtful and always takes great care of me and my four children. Dr. Doherty is wonderful too. I’ve just had more experience with Dr. Rhea."
“High Quality Care”
"My experience at this dental office is always pleasant. The office staff and doctors are very friendly. They are always on time and do a great job caring for my teeth."
Susan M C.
"Courteous & Friendly"
"Dr. Rhea and all of the staff are very courteous and friendly. I have been going to Dr. Rhea for a few years now and have always been treated well, very professional."