Mini Dental Implants
Denture-retention Dental Implants
Mini dental implants, also known as denture-retention implants, securely hold dentures in place and are significantly less expensive than traditional dental implants. They can also be used for single-tooth replacement in lieu of dental crowns or dental bridges. Small titanium posts (1.8 to 2 mm in diameter) act as the roots of your teeth and fit perfectly into the retaining fixtures that are inserted into your denture or dental crown. The retaining fixture placed in your denture or dental crown provides a firm hold, ensuring you can laugh, talk, and eat without worry.
At this time Dr. Chilton does not prescribe any form of mini implants. The conventional dental implants are at this time more reliable and predictable for Dr. Chilton. There is, however, a lot of research and development on the mini dental implant. Please contact Dr. Chilton with your questions regarding mini dental implants.
While they are not intended as a permanent solution, mini dental implants can be a quick, affordable, temporary solution that is said to last for up to ten years. This procedure takes less than 2 hours and requires no incision or stitches, which means that you can walk away with a brand new smile in just one appointment!
Call us in Seattle at 206-824-4700 with any questions about Mini Dental Implants in comparison with traditional Dental Implants or to schedule an appointment with Olympic View Dental.
The process begins with a 3D scan of your jaw to ensure proper placement of the small titanium posts that will be inserted to secure your denture. The next step of the procedure is minimally invasive and is performed in our office under local anesthetic or light sedation. Four to six ball-headed posts are inserted into the lower jaw (depending on your particular need) while the retaining fixtures are placed into your denture. The retaining fixture contains an O-ring that ensures a snug fit over the ball head of the post. Your dentures will sit gently on your gums while being held firmly in place with the mini dental implants. Due to its simplicity, there is almost no bleeding, swelling, or inflammation immediately following this procedure.
Mini dental implants are FDA-approved and have been used by dentists for decades. They have a 95% success rate when performed by an experienced dentist and are great for patients who don’t have enough bone density for full-sized dental implants. And the best part is … you will be able to toss those messy denture adhesives and creams and chew, speak, and smile with confidence once again!
BEFORE AND AFTER GALLERY
Cosmetic and Family dentist in Seattle, WA
Kim’s teeth had been both victim of neglect and dental fear. She was read to have her smile back. As we progressed through her treatment, Kim’s confidence grew, and her gorgeous new smile says it all!
Kim finally built up the courage to visit our office during the start of the pandemic. Her emotional story of fear and poor dentistry was presented with honesty and commitment and demanded our attention. We reviewed her x-rays and diagnostics along with leveraged compassion, care, and dental expertise to create a smile that left everyone filled with joy. We don’t fix teeth; we fix patients. In Kim’s case, we were able to not only improve her smile, but eliminate her dental fears!
Craig’s teeth were damaged from years of clenching and grinding due to stress. We came up with a plan to restore Craig’s smile and self-esteem!
Craig’s teeth suffered from years of neglect, resulting in a significant number of cavities, and punishing results of clenching and grinding (bruxism), especially at night. We sat down for a one-on-one consultation to develop a custom plan with the goal of restoring his smile and maintaining it for long-term success. Craig’s commitment and enthusiasm spread throughout our team as we custom-built his plan. His treatment resulted in a cosmetically pleasing, functional smile that was designed to resist any future stresses from bruxism.
Dr. Aranka gave a lifetime commitment to his patients and community but did not give himself a lifetime of care for his oral health. We created a fabulous smile for him, and he shows it to us every day!
Dr. Aranka is a retired local physician who stepped through our doors. He was unhappy with his smile and the condition of his oral health. He was tired of quick fixes that ultimately did not last. We sat together in the consultation room and outlined a vision for a long-term solution that would give him a healthy, functioning, and aesthetically pleasing smile. Dr. Aranka now comes in every day smiling and thankful for what our team has provided him.
Marco didn’t like his smile but didn’t know what to do about it. Our initial consultation included examples of what could change, and now Marco couldn’t be happier with his smile!
Marco recently semi-retired from his career in commercial real estate. He’s always been a bubbly, funny man but always seemed to have a reservation about his smile. One day I asked Marco if he liked his smile, and he said he didn’t. So I invited him to a consultation and showed him all the changes that could be made aesthetically, from his gum line to coloration to lip support. We did a little recontouring for his lower arch, light dentistry for his upper arch, and a tooth bleaching, and Marco is now thrilled to share his smile.
Alexa didn’t like how her teeth looked and was ready for a smile transformation. She had overcome major life obstacles and was ready for a smile to match her new life. After neglecting her dental health for over 10 years, she made the brave decision to visit our office for a consultation.
Alexa and I discussed her smile goals and treatment options for long-term success. She put her full trust in us and completed multiple procedures including crown lengthening, implants, and full mouth reconstruction. As her treatment progressed, her confidence grew dramatically! We completed Botox and lip/cheek filler to enhance her already beautiful features and she could not be happier with the final results. Alexa is no longer scared of the dentist and her smile lights up any room she walks into!
“Dr. Chilton and his team just make you feel like you’re a part of the family”
“The process was exceptional”
“Dr. Chilton was patient, confident and enthusiastic.”
“When I came here, I knew this was the place for me.”
“You don’t feel like a number, you feel like a patient.”
“What makes Olympic View Dental different from most dentists, is that they don’t have Dr. Chilton…”