What is procedure for mini dental implants like?
1. The procedure is done at our outpatient clinic with local anesthesia. The procedure usually takes only one appointment and can be completed in 1-2 hours.
2. Once the patient is anesthetized, a small drill is used to make a small hole through the gum tissue and into the jaw bone. The mini-implant is then inserted using precision hand-tools which give tactile feedback to the clinician which direct him or her in the best way to proceed for the particular patient.
3. A measurement of torque resistance is taken at the end to judge the initial mechanical stability. In most cases, this will confirm that the implant is ready to handle loading.
4. Once the implant or implants are completed, the prosthetic tooth or teeth, bridge, or plate is fitted and securely attached.
5. Because of the minimally invasive nature of the procedure for mini dental implants, the mini-implant placement doesn’t result in prolonged bleeding or require a lengthy healing period. You can usually eat comfortably that same afternoon, using your new, permanent teeth.
Is the procedure painful?
Local anesthetic will be given to patients. Unlike the old conventional implants, mini dental implants are usually placed using an incisionless procedure.
What about after the procedure?
There is usually little discomfort, if any. But any discomfort you do experience will generally subside within a couple days, and can be treated with ordinary over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol.
What is the first day like?
Your new teeth will feel stable and secure, and you should not experience any excessive bleeding. You can eat whenever you want to, but we may advise you to avoid very hard or sticky foods for a period of time.