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What are "mini" dental implants?

  Like regular dental implants, mini implants are made of metal alloys that are well tolerated by the body.  Mini implants are more slender than those of regular dental implants and are used to stabilize a removable denture or temporary tooth replacement.  The base of the denture rests gently on the slender implants and on the gums.  In some cases, mini implants may be used to support a crown or a fixed bridge.

    Mini dental implants cost significantly less than regular implants.  Because mini implants are small, they may be suitable for patients without enough jaw bone density to support regular implants. 

What's involved?

    In many cases, mini dental implants are placed in the jaw bone without making a surgical incision in the gums.  They may be placed directly through the gums and into the underlying bone in one visit.

    Generally, the only anesthetic necessary is a local injection.  Additional anesthesia may be offered to make the patient more comfortable or relaxed.  Minimal discomfort may be experienced after the treatment, but this can be controlled by pain medication recommended by Dr. Bruce.

    Many people are candidates for mini implants.  Call Arthur L Bruce, DMD & Associates, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 864-646-7152 to get an appointment for a consult with Dr. Bruce.  He will develop a treatment plan that is right for you.