The Ultimate Guide to Mini Dental Implants in Watford by your Watford Dentist
Guide to Mini Dental Implants, Mini Dental Implants in Watford by your Dentist in Watford
Are you missing one or more teeth? Having trouble with your dentures?
Mini dental implants may be for you.
You can eat, smile and speak with confidence after dental implant therapy. Implants are placed using a simple and gentle approach. They’re affordable, sometimes less than half price of traditional implants. At Herts Dental, you will be offered a pay monthly package at a low interest rate or even at 0% APR representative. For example, if your treatment cost came to £2400, you can opt for the 12 month 0% APR representative package so that your implant investment will cost you only £200 per month for 12 months. We offer other package deals, too!
With implants, you don’t have to cut down good teeth to fill your gaps. Mini dental implants can be used to anchor bridges, as well as anchoring crowns and dentures. They can also help to preserve your jaw bone and facial profile.
What are mini dental implants?
Mini dental implants are narrow tiny screws which are placed in areas where you have lost your teeth. Various attachments can be housed on top of the implants, such as crowns, bridges and dentures. Mini dental implants are also used if you require advanced orthodontic treatment.
Your dentures can be stabilised so that you can get rid of that loose denture scenario. The advantage of mini implants over traditional implants is that they can be placed in your narrow jaw or where there is a less quantity of jaw bone. This makes the treatment more affordable for you and more comfortable, given the surgery is simpler as no big cuts have to be made through your gums.
How are mini dental implants different?
Mini dental implants are narrow and they are typically inserted through the overlying gum into the bone underneath. As a result, you do not need extensive implant surgery. Therefore, you will have less discomfort after the implant is placed in.
How do I know if I’m ideal candidate for mini dental implants?
Firstly, our implant dentist needs to ensure that you still have adequate jaw bone to even hold the mini implant into position. This assessment is made by our implant dentist providing you with a clinical examination, x-rays and special three dimensional scan, such as a CT scan.
Next, he will give you your options. Your options may include a single crown, a two implants which are bridged together or an implant retained denture. To save you time, money and additional dental procedures, if you already have a decent fitting denture then this can be converted to an impalnt retained denture.
Jaw bone: How much?
It all depends on how much jaw bone you got. Some patients think they don’t have enough jaw bone. A CT scan, which is a three-dimensional x-ray, can ascertain how much jaw bone you have which can house these mini dental implants.
Are mini dental implants painful?
You may be concerned if this procedure is painful. No need to worry because you will be given a strong local anaesthetic and this can significantly minimise the discomfort that you will feel. We will do the surgery neatly and this will ensure a faster healing time.
We make sure that you are comfortable during the whole process and give you regular breaks throughout the treatment. Just have a look at what our patients say about us in our video testimonials section!
As for medication, your implant dentist will suggest the optimum painkillers. A strong cocktail of painkillers and antibiotics to will help to minimise the chances of any sharp pain and infection from occurring.
Could My Body Reject Mini Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of special titanium that the body recognizes. Titanium is used by orthopaedic surgeons worldwide to fix broken bones and for hip replacement therapy, for example.
Implants on the whole are over 90% successful. The success of your implant staying in your jawbone depends on various factors:
It will depend on your immune status. If you are medically fit and well and taking regular medication to control any problems, then your immune system will be good.
Dental implants and smoking don’t go that well. There is an increase of risk of implant failure if you smoke. This doesn't mean we automatically disregard you for implant therapy. We will highlight the risks to you and it is up to you to make that informed decision.
We would advise a smoking cessation program. Your family doctor or pharmacist may be able to best advise you on this aspect.
Could I get an infection after getting many implants?
After any surgery, our implant dentist will do whatever is required to minimise the risk of infection. Your surgery will be carried out under strict aseptic conditions; more like what you see in a hospital setting. Have you seen doctor TV programmes such as Holby City? Our implant surgeon will used special surgical drapes to protect you and from infection from spreading.
Your surgery will be done neatly using sterile saline and a neat closure of your gums using sutures (stitches).
You may also be required to take a course of antibiotics to minimise the risk of swelling and infection. You will need to follow specific instructions for about a week or two after the procedure to keep the area clean.
Furthermore, please expect some restrictions when it comes to smoking so bacteria don’t come in and invade the dental implant. It also depends on the technique of the surgery. If the surgery is done neatly, then there is less chance of infection happening.
Mini implants are over 90% successful in the jaw bone.
To find out if you are suitable for mini dental implants book your free consultation in Watford today. Click here to be directed to the free consultation page.
Where is the Dentist in Watford based?
We are ideally located a two minute walk from Watford Junction Station. Come out of the station and walk left (don't go up Clarendon Road!). Click here to find out more about our Hertfordshire location.