Replacing missing teeth has a positive influence on the quality of life.  That’s because smiling, chewing and talking are made easier with a full set of teeth.

One of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years has been the development of dental implants.  Dental implants replace the root portion of missing natural teeth. 

 A dental implant may be used to support a single artificial tooth or several teeth.  Because they are firmly anchored to the jaw bone, implant-supported artificial teeth may provide the look, feel, stability and function of natural teeth.

What are “mini” dental implants?

Like regular dental implants, mini implants are strong, cylindrical posts that are well tolerated by the body.  Mini implants are more slender than those of regular dental implants and typically are used to stabilize and help anchor a removable denture or partial denture.  In some cases, they may also be used to support crowns.

Mini dental implants cost significantly less than traditional implants.  Because mini implants are small, they may be suitable for patients without enough jaw bone density to support regular implants.  Mini implants may provide a very cost effective treatment alternative.

How do they work?

In many cases, Dr. Baron can place mini dental implants in one visit without making a surgical incision in the gums.

Generally, mini implants are placed requiring only a local anesthetic.  Additional options are available to make you more comfortable or relaxed.  See our information on Sedation Dentistry.

Unlike conventional dental implants (which often require a longer healing period and multiple visits) a mini dental implant-supported denture often can be placed in one visit that takes less than 2 hours.  You may be able to leave our office with a solid denture, and generally can expect to eat comfortably the same day.

Some patients may require additional steps to prepare the jaw before mini dental implants are placed.  Dr. Baron will develop a treatment plan that is right for you.


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550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200

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