There are alternatives to the standard dental implant replacement. These are minimally invasive methods, which may prove a better choice for some patients. You will find those alternative techniques described below. Remember that using any of these methods must be consulted with an experienced dentist.
Mini dental implants (MDIs) are pretty much what you would think. They are smaller and narrower than standard implants, and because of that are referred to as narrow diameter implants or small diameter implants. They are less than 3 millimetres in diameter and are inserted into the jawbone in a less-invasive way. Patients who were evaluated as unsuitable standard dental implant surgery often use mini implants as an alternative for securing dentures.
Immediate Load Dental Implants
Immediate Load Dental Implants are also called “Same Day Implants“ or “Teeth in a Day“. This alternative technique offers the patient the placement of a temporary crown just after dental implants are placed. This way the patient can leave the appointment, not only with the dental implants inserted also but with the crowns. This is a very important factor for patients working at jobs where appearance is very important. While the patient is wearing the temporary crown, the implant bonds with the jawbone and after three to six months a permanent crown can be placed.
Immediate Load Dental Implants are unfortunately not for everybody, as sufficient bone is needed in order to place the implant securely enough for it to handle the temporary crown. Consult your dental specialist to find out whether you are a good candidate for this technique of teeth replacement.
All-on-4 is an alternative technique which allows the placement of a full arch of replacement teeth either in the bottom or the upper jaw. All-on-4 method involves placing four dental implants in the available bone, which serve as support for the replacement teeth. Using All-on-4 does not require bone grafting. Thanks to special abutments, the temporary replacement teeth may be placed the same day the implants are inserted. During the usage of the temporary replacement set of teeth, the patient’s diet should be modified. After 4 to 6 months later the gum tissue heals and the implants bond with the natural bone. At this point the final bridge can be placed and the patient can return to a normal diet.
Although All-on-4 is sometimes advertised as a very quick procedure with only one visit to the dentist, multiple appointments will be required. First of all, you need to have at least one or two consultation visits, which include the planning of the treatment. Then you need another appointment for the dental implants and temporary teeth to be placed. During the healing process you need to go for check-ups. Finally, on the last appointment the permanent bridge is placed.