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Mini Implants with Dentures with Dr. Thomas E. O'ConnorLike their full-sized counter parts, mini dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. However, MDIs are typically used to support over-dentures that can snap on and off implant posts, for a sturdier and more comfortable solution to full teeth replacement. Dr. Thomas E. O'Connor has been placing and restoring mini dental implants at his St. Louis office for many years and can help you determine whether this restorative dental procedure is right for you.
Mini Implants vs Traditional Dental ImplantsBoth mini and traditional implants are metal screws that are inserted into the jaw and eventually become a part of the bone. The difference between the two types of implants is their size. Traditional implants measure at least 3.7 millimeters in diameter, while mini dental implants are 3.0 millimeters in diameter or smaller.
Mini dental implants are typically used in groups as anchors to permanently support a full arch of dentures in the event of total tooth loss. For St. Louis dental patients who are missing a large number of teeth, mini dental implants offer the following advantages:
• Immediate placement of denture prostheticsLike traditional implants, mini dental implants help to prevent bone loss in the jaw and can reduce the likelihood of teeth shifting following tooth loss. Mini implants with dentures are one of the most economical and cost-smart choices you can make for what would otherwise be a larger investment. Because mini implants are smaller and can integrate into areas of reduced bone volume, patients can skip the cost of tissue grafting as well. In terms of longevity, mini implants are equally as effective and can be as long-lasting as the full sized versions.
• Quickly healing
• High success rate
• Minimal discomfort
Mini Implants in South St. Louis with Dr. O’Connor
Some patients who are not candidates for traditional implants due to previous jawbone loss can benefit from mini dental implants. To determine your eligibility for MDIs, Dr. O'Connor makes images using the latest in 3D digital technology and performs a complete exam to assess overall health, bone resorption, and how many implants are needed to comprehensively replace teeth.
Mini implants are placed at our St. Louis dental office using guided implant surgery to make treatment easy on patients. Dr. O’Connor makes sure that implants are placed precisely and are securely embedded in tissue to promote lasting results. For elderly patients struggling with uncomfortable dentures unable to complete surgical treatment due to health reasons, mini implants offer a minimally invasive and cost-effective way to get comfortable, functional teeth.
Are you a Candidate for Mini Implants? Call our Office for more Information!
To schedule your consultation for mini dental implants in South St. Louis, contact our implant dentist, Dr. Thomas E. O’Connor today!