Mini Dental Implants

If you suffer from bone loss and aren't a candidate for dental implants, mini dental implants may be the solution!

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Dr. Chris Campus talking with a patient in dental office

Dr. Campus, a dentist in Pensacola, Florida, talks with a patient about mini-dental implants as an alternative to full-size dental implants.

A mini dental implant is a miniature-sized titanium dental implant that, like full-size dental implants, functions as a “replacement root” when one or more teeth are missing. Dentures, crowns and bridges are placed on top of a mini dental implant, and held in placed, either permanently or so that they can be removed.

How are mini dental implants different from regular dental implants?

With regular dental implants, there must be a minimum amount of bone structure available, in order for the implant to be successfully placed. With mini dental implants, less bone is required, making them an excellent choice for patients with less-than-ideal bone density.

Additionally, placing the mini dental implants is less invasive, and the recovery time is typically just a day or two! If you wear dentures, we can make the necessary modifications on the same day the implants are placed, so you can begin wearing your dentures right away!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small, titanium rod that services as a “replacement root” for missing teeth. We insert one or more dental implants surgically into your jaw bone here in our office. Afterward, we place a custom-made, extremely realistic crown (or a bridge or denture, depending on your needs) over the dental implant.

Are dental implants expensive?

In the short-term, dental implants are more expensive than other options. However, they also last much longer (and in most cases, never need replacement). They also require no special care or maintenance. For these reasons, in the long-run, they are the most cost-effective option. Additionally, we offer many financing options to make dental implants more affordable.

Is getting a dental implant painful?

Actually, no. It is a routine procedure for our office and we are very proficient in making it an efficient and painless process for our patients. In addition to local anesthesia, we also offer anxiety-relieving medication and sedation, if you are anxious about the procedure. After the procedure, over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient to manage any lingering discomfort.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are used for a wide variety of procedures, so it depends on what your needs are. A good rule of thumb is if (a) you are missing one or more teeth, and (b) you have sufficient bone density in your jaw, you are very likely a good candidate for dental implants. Obviously, a complete examination (including x-rays of your jaw) is necessary to make a final determination.

Are dental implants reliable?

Dental implants have a success rate of over 95%! Honestly, they are one of the greatest achievements in dental technology in the last 50 years. They are made of titanium, which is completely biocompatible, so allergies are incredibly rare. In many cases, they are a permanent solution, which is why they have been the preferred solution for a variety of dental issues for so long.

Do dental implants require special care or maintenance?

One of the best things about dental implants is that they require no special care. If you have a crown placed on your dental implant, you simply brush and floss like normal, and get regular dental checkups. The dental implant fuses with your jaw bone and will never decay, and as long as you maintain good oral hygiene, your dental implants should last a lifetime!

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

It doesn’t matter if you are missing a single tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth! Dental implants are very versatile, and we handle cases all the time across the spectrum. A single dental implant with a single crown is a common case, but you don’t need one implant per tooth, either. As few as two implants can support a removable lower denture; just four can support a permanent set of top or bottom teeth!