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London SE1 dentist can say if mini implants are right for you.

24 / 08 / 2012

Dental implants have been become a common feature of dentistry. With a titanium rod they are screwed directly into the jaw bone where they are anchored in order to create a very secure point on which to attach one or more false teeth. But the implanting of dental implants is a fairly major operation and can be expensive. New forms of smaller implants, mini implants, have been developed as easier alternatives to the traditional form.

As the name suggests, mini implants are a smaller version of dental implants and also made of titanium. With a diameter of between 1.8m and 2.9mm the insertion of the mini implants is much less invasive. Due to this ease, they are sometime used as temporary implants, also known as ‘temporary anchorage devices’. Healing times for mini implants will is much less. Specially older patients may find mini implants more suitable because they can be secured more easily to the jaw bone.

The procedure to insert mini implants is relatively quick and easy, normally under a local anaesthetic. A small hole is made in the soft tissue of the gum into which the mini implant can be inserted. But unlike standard implants there is no incision into the gums beyond this minor process.

It is important to find the solution to your dental needs which is specifically right for you. Each of has a different set of teeth and you need a product that will be suitable for your functional needs and cosmetic desires. Your London SE1 dentist will be able to say which form of implant would best suit your individual needs.

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