Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth root replacements that were first developed half-a-century ago in Sweden by Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from a need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering  enhancements have enabled dentists to expand their use, including replacement of missing individual teeth with fixed crowns or bridges. Today, dental implants provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:

  • Single tooth replacement with crowns or fixed bridges
  • Full upper or lower multiple-tooth replacement with fixed bridges
  • Stabilization of removable full or partial dentures

Types of Dental Implants

There are two main types of implants currently utilized:

  • Conventional root form dental implants
  • Mini dental implants

The root form implant mirrors the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth root. This implant is often as strong as the patient’s original tooth root. After a tooth is removed, the extraction site usually must heal for 4-6 months before a root form implant can be placed into the bone under local anesthesia. In the right situation, a root form implant can even be placed the day that the tooth is removed. Allowed to "integrate" with the bone for another 4-6 months, the bone eventually "becomes one" with the implant. The patient then returns to the dental office, where the implant is restored with an abutment and crown. More complex cases requiring bone grafts or "sinus lifts" may take 6-12 months before the final restoration can be completed, rather than the average 4-5 months for a "garden variety" implant . Your doctor will decide the proper timing interval that will give your particular case the best chance for success.

By contrast, mini dental implants are narrower than conventional root form implants. Made of the same titanium alloys, they are less invasive to place and often can be utilized immediately after being placed. In addition, replacement of a missing tooth with minis is usually less expensive than conventional "root form" implants.

Both types of implants have pros and cons. While root form implants generally have more advantages, there are situations where mini implants are a better treatment option.  Eastbrook Dental offers both to best treat your particular needs.  

The doctors offer a no-charge 1/2 hour consultation to discuss your case, and would be happy to discuss your concerns if you feel implants might be right for you!

Shatkin First Mini Implants

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  • Less invasive implant placement
  • Anchoring for removable full and partial dentures, or cemented crowns & bridges
  • Restored confidence for speaking and eating
  • Improved smile
  • Cost-effective
  • Immediate results
  • Preserve bone
  • Prevent cheeks and lips from collapsing due to lost teeth and bone 

Why Mini Implants?

The mini dental implant procedure is a much less invasive process than a conventional root form dental implant. Mini dental implants have been used for many years to hold removable dentures in position, providing patients with the ability to eat, smile and speak with comfort and confidence. Today, use of this mini dental implant technology has been expanded from replacing a single tooth to full-mouth restoration. Many hundreds of thousands of mini implants have been placed with over 95% success rate using this cost-effective technique.

The mini dental implant process begins with a consultation visit with your dentist. If minis are determined to be a viable option for your case, X-rays and impressions will be taken. At the following appointment, the mini implants are placed, and depending on the treatment plan, an impression may be taken at that same appointment to create a final crown or secure a loose denture..

A simple process requiring three easy steps:

  1. Consultation visit
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  3. Mini implant placement
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  5. Restoration placment
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