The procedure for mini dental implants is performed at our outpatient clinic with local anesthesia. The installation procedure usually takes only one appointment, and the actual procedure can be completed in one to two hours. Once the patient is anesthetized:
- A small drill is used to make a tiny hole through the gum tissue and into the jaw bone. The mini dental implants are then inserted using precision hand-tools, which give tactile feedback to the clinician and direct him or her in the best way to proceed for each patient.
- 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.
- Once the mini dental implants are completed, the prosthetic tooth or teeth, bridge or plate is fitted and securely attached
Because of the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, the mini dental implant placement does not result in prolonged bleeding or require a lengthy healing period. You can usually eat that same afternoon comfortably, using your new, permanent teeth.