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While bigger is usually better, that’s not always the case with dental implants. In fact, full-size implants simply aren’t a realistic choice for everyone. Zanesville, OH dentist Dr. Charles Hawkins of Hawkins Complete Dental Service may not be able to place full-size dental implants if your jaw isn’t strong enough to support them, or if your age or certain health conditions will slow the healing process.Dr. Charles Hawkins on Mini Implants at Hawkins Complete Dental Service Read Transcript
We do a lot of mini implants here, smaller diameter implants. I've done the traditional implants for 17 years. I do both here but the traditionals, it seemed like, not a lot of people have the sufficient amount of bone unless they want to do grafting.
That's where the smaller-diameter mini implants come in. It's been a blessing for our practice. It's brought the cost down so people can afford it, people that can't eat, they’re missing a tooth, we can attach them.
The difference between a mini and a traditional implant is it's made out of same material, it's just a smaller version of the traditional implants and it usually comes in one piece instead of two pieces. That's the only difference and with them being smaller, it's not as invasive, it's not as time-consuming because you do two surgeries usually with the traditional and one surgery with the minis, smaller diameters.
I had a gentleman, probably about four or five months ago, and he said he's been fighting his teeth for 30 years. And for the first time, he's able to bite into his sandwich and eat and it's because of the implants, whether it's traditional or mini. He was a mini implant case but ... and he was truly a success, started crying when we delivered it.
And implants is the only thing that I've ever had that people actually go out ... I've taken out a lot of teeth. I've taken out and done a lot of root canals, but implants by themselves are the only time that people will start crying in the chair and go out and buy you a gift and bring it back in.
Another lady, we delivered a crown on a mini implant and she went out and bought all the girls flowers because she was so happy to have that tooth back in.
The good news is, you may still be able to receive mini dental implants! Because they are about half the size of full-size implants, Dr. Hawkins can often use them for situations where larger dental implants aren’t an option.
To see if you’re a candidate for mini dental implants, call Hawkins Complete Dental Service at 740-214-1301.
Gain Big Benefits from Mini Dental Implants
Like their full-size counterparts, mini dental implants can be used with different restorations, including a dental crown, a dental bridge, or dentures. They stimulate your jawbone much like tooth roots, which helps keep your jaw strong. The result is a smile that feels, looks, and functions a lot like your own!
But their smaller size offers benefits that you simply won’t experience with full-size dental implants. With full-size implants, you typically must wait for your jawbone to heal around the implants before Dr. Hawkins, Zanesville, OH dentist can place your chosen dental restoration, a process that can take a few months. In contrast, you can usually receive both your mini dental implants and your restoration in a single visit to our Zanesville, OH office! In one nonsurgical procedure, Dr. Hawkins can replace a single tooth in about 30 minutes or multiple teeth in about an hour.
In addition to saving you time, mini dental implants can save you:
- Money. Because the placement procedure is quicker and less complicated, mini dental implants typically cost less than full-size implants.
- Discomfort. Dr. Hawkins doesn’t need to use a scalpel or sutures, and most patients require only local anesthesia. You’ll heal quickly and comfortably!
- Embarrassment. Because you can usually get your replacement teeth on the same day you get your mini dental implants, your smile will be complete right away!
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Thanks to his training from the Midwest Implant Institute and Misch International Implant Institute, as well as his fellowship status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Hawkins can help you determine which type of dental implant will work best for your particular situation. Our mini dental implant consultations are free!
Dr. Hawkins will get the process started by taking digital X-rays that he’ll use to create a treatment plan. Hawkins Complete Dental Service also take tooth impressions to create your new custom teeth.
You’ll Stay Comfortable Throughout Your Procedure
Though local anesthesia keeps most patients pain-free throughout the short placement procedure for mini dental implants, you can get dental sedation if you need it. In addition, our caring staff will ensure your comfort with amenities like:
- Relaxing massage chairs
- Cozy blankets
- TVs, so you can catch up on your viewing
To talk to us about mini dental implants, call Hawkins Complete Dental Service in Zanesville, OH at 740-214-1301. Be sure to ask about our five-year dental work guarantee. Visit our office for your routine care, and keep your new smile safe.