Mini-implant technology has brought about a huge change not only in the way that missing teeth are addressed but also in the way that dental implants are performed. With a mini-implant, you can have the procedure performed in a day, and you can be sporting a bright and happy smile in mere hours. Read on to find out how these wonders are only mini in name and how to make sure they last you a long, long time.
What Makes Mini-Implants Different From Traditional Implants?
The word mini is not just a description of the time it takes to have them done; it's also about the part of the implant that is inserted into your gum. That shorter titanium post is shorter, so the incision is also less deep. What that means for dental patients is that no stitches are needed. Once the post is in place, there is no need to wait for any healing to happen because the incision is so small. What normally happens in a separate appointment with a traditional implant can happen right away with mini-implants. The faux tooth is placed on top of the post, and your implants are complete. This type of implant is not only great for those who want a nice smile and want it immediately, but it's also perfect for those who are not candidates for traditional implants because of bone loss in the jaw. Mini-implants require less bone to be sturdy.
Caring for Your New Mini-implants
If you experience severe pain, copious bleeding, fever, a lot of swelling, or anything else unusual, call your dentist and go to the closest urgent care or emergency room.
Get Rested – Plan to take a day or so off from work or your usual duties and take it easy. You don't want to overdo it, and you might more be tired depending on what level of anesthesia you use for the procedure.
Get Groceries In – Stock up on easy to prepare and eat foods. You might want to stick to softer foods like soups, smoothies, ice cream, etc. Stay far away from nuts, popcorn, and hard candy — at least for the first several weeks after you get your implants.
Put Off Workouts – Take a stroll instead of anything more rigorous and substitute yoga for calisthenics.
Take Naps – Listen to your body and nap when you need to. When sleeping, keep your head a bit more elevated than usual.
Watch for Swelling – Some swelling is normal. You can relieve that by using an ice pack (wrapped in a towel).
For more tips on taking care of your dental implants, speak to your dentist.