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Alternative Techniques

Some dentists are offering alternative and minimally invasive techniques for dental implants. 
Following is an overview of some alternative methods to place dental implants.  Consult with a dental implant expert to find the treatment option for missing teeth that is right for you.

  • Immediate Load Dental Implants (Same Day Implants or Teeth in a Day®).  Immediate Load Dental Implants, also called “same day implants" and "teeth in a day," allow placement of a temporary tooth (crown) during the same appointment as dental implant placement. You will go on about life and work while the dental implant fuses with your natural bone and the long-term custom crown will be placed in about three to six months. The procedure is best for patients who have enough natural bone and an implant that is secure enough to support immediate placement and pressure on the new temporary tooth. 

Immediate placement is not appropriate for all patients and cases, so talk with your dental implant expert about the best option for you.

  • Mini Implants.  Mini dental implants (MDIs) sometimes referred to as small diameter or narrow diameter implants (SDIs or NDIs), are dental implants that are smaller than the most commonly used dental implant sizes. Mini implants are placed through less-invasive techniques and measure less than 3 millimeters in diameter. Standard implants are slightly larger, usually 3.25 - 5 millimeters in diameter.  Mini Implants are often used to secure a complete lower or loose denture and in patients who are not candidates for traditional dental implant surgery.
  • All-on-4.  All-on-4 is an alternative approach to place a full arch (top or bottom set) of fixed, replacement teeth. Four dental implants are used to stabilize the replacement teeth. The All-on-4 concept involves placing implants in available bone, thereby avoiding the need for bone grafting.  Special abutments allow a temporary set of replacement teeth to be placed the same day and used with a modified diet while gum tissues heal and the implants integrate with natural bone. After about six months, the final bridge is then placed and the patient is able to resume a normal diet. 

The all-on-four approach involves multiple appointments, typically including one or two consultation and planning visits, one to place the dental implants and temporary teeth, check-ups during the six month healing period, and another appointment to place the final bridge.

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