Information For Mini Implant Patients

What is a mini implant?

It's a very small (diameter 1.5 - 2mm) specially engineered titanium alloy screw which is placed into your gum and jaw thereby acting as an anchor point and greatly assisting with the precise movement of your teeth.

Will it be painfull?

Local anaesthesia is used to numb a small area of your gum, and the mini implant is then gently inserted. You may experience an pressure sensation as this occurs. Once the numbness wears off you may feel some discomfort within the first 24 hours and approximately 50% of patients report taking simple painkillers (e.g. ibuprofen or paracetamol) to resolve this.

Will it hurt when it is removed?

Mini implants are simply removed when no longer needed, usually without the need for any anaesthesia - it's that easy!. The resulting small wound heals painlessly within several days.

How long will the mini implant be in place?

The mini implant is normally removed after a few months of treatment.

Should I expect any problems?

Research indicates that mini implants do not damage your teeth or other mouth tissues. The vast majority of mini implants remain stable during brace treatment and cause little nuisance. However, on occasion they can become loose prematurely. This is rarely painful but may warrant mini implant replacement. If you have any queries or concerns about a mini implant then your orthodontist will be able to help.

What do I need to do?

• Avoid using an electric toothbrush on the mini implant itself.
• Use chlorhexidine mouthwash to rinse this area twice daily for the first five days.
• After five days, dip a small toothbrush in the Chlorhexidine mouthwash and clean gently around the mini-implant.
• Don't fiddle with it!

What if the implant causes irritation?

Place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the head of the mini implant. If the irritation persists contact the orthodontic practice for further instructions.

Photographs showing (1) before treatment; (2) with upper and lower mini-implants connected to the fixed braces; (3) immediately after removal of the upper implant; and (4) after treatment.

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