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Mini Dental Implants

If you use dentures but still feel self-conscious about the state of your smile, dental implants are proven to work as an alternative that function just as well as regular teeth. But if you’re concerned that the regular implant procedure is too invasive or costly, or if you’re wary of bone grafting procedures that may be needed in your case, you may want to consider mini dental implants, which offer their own unique benefits

All In the Name

Dental implants have been known to work wonders but not all patients qualify, usually due to the depleted bone volume. Fortunately mini dental implants can serve as an alternative in those cases, since they can be applied to tissue of varying strength and quality. Like their larger counterparts, mini implants are made of titanium, which provides the jawbone with a strong foundation. And since these implants, as the name suggests, are smaller, the procedure itself is less invasive and can even be a one-day appointment.

Benefits of Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants have their own unique perks, which include but are not limited to:

• Less expensive than conventional implants
• Existing dentures can be retrofitted to fit minis
• No bone grafting or sutures required
• Supports dentures, bridges, fixed crowns

Though mini dental implants are considered an alternative to regular implants, they share the same overall benefits:

• Healthy, natural looking smile
• Comfortable and more efficient chewing, leading to better digestion
• Improved self-esteem, which may have been affected by tooth loss
• Lasting results, with proper care

Making the Right Choice

If you’ve been researching dental implants and are not sure if they’re a right fit, take comfort in knowing that there are many ways to improve your smile. Remember – whether you go with regular or mini dental implants, it’s important to get those vacant spots in your smile filled for a variety of reasons.

Dr. Gotun is well versed in implant dentistry and offers mini implants as a means to secure full dentures. If you’re worried that you aren’t a candidate for full-sized implants, or if you’ve been turned down by another dental office, schedule an appointment with Austin Smile Creations to see how we can help. We are committed to providing the best in implant dentistry with flexible treatment options.

Real-Time Dentistry: Effective Implant Planning with Three-Dimensional Scans.

Implant dentistry has evolved significantly with more predictable outcomes within the last twenty years, as most dentistry has. During those twenty years, we have seen many an implant at Austin Smile Creations, and many patients have sought Dr. Gotun’s expertise for many a reason. Typical scenarios we encounter are patients who have had teeth extracted 20+ years ago, have lost significant bone throughout those years of wear and tear, and are now ready for a solution to their missing tooth problem. We have patients who have failed implants where we are able to salvage the implant or place a new one, rebuild bone and soft tissue where it’s lost, and recreate a healthy functional bite. We also have patients who have lost most of their chewing capacity and are unable to taste food due to having dentures. Luckily, implants have proven to be a sustainable option for those patients. Whatever the situation, even the direst, we find a solution, which is why many patients pursue us. It’s the beauty of advanced, quality dentistry that our team offers.

It seems simple to our patients, but implant dentistry requires accurate diagnostics and significant planning to deliver the seemingly simple and painless to our patients. Nowadays, we are able to virtually plan implants from computed three dimensional images- called a CBCT scan (cone beam computed tomography)- that reconstruct the bony anatomy of a patient’s head in digital form, as seen below.

What kind of information do we then get from this specific scan? When we import the scan into an implant planning software, we can measure to exact units the quality of bone and how much bone a patient currently has, how far an implant will be from other anatomical structures, and abnormalities. With this information, in exact measurements, Dr. Gotun can determine the size of implant or if an implant can even be planned at that time. Information is more readily available with more certainty, which facilitates our conversations between patients about bone regeneration, sinus lifts, augmentations, allowing our patients to make an informed decision about how far they want to go and what they desire for a result. In other words, we ask and address the tough questions and concerns with precise information.

On the other hand, when implants are straightforward for our patients, Dr. Gotun virtually plans the placement, angulation and size of the implant on the software aforementioned. A surgical guide is fabricated for the exact placement of the implant, and surgery is scheduled. Illustrated implant planning can be seen below.


Essentially, everything comes back to our philosophy in our practice. And when planning implants (as with all dentistry), you can eliminate guesswork through proper planning from the most accurate diagnostics, plan success for treatment, eliminate failure, facilitate solutions to longstanding problems, and provide flawless results for your patients. In our practice, it’s this thoroughness that has always paid off.