In place of a traditional implant, some dentists may recommend a mini dental implant. It’s a relatively new method that more participating dentists in the Puget Sound area are beginning to provide as an alternative. Learn what mini dental implants are and their pros and cons.
Mini Dental Implants Explained
As suggested in its name, mini implants are basically a smaller version of more traditional dental implants, about half the size. They’re typically made from titanium alloys and are just as durable as normal teeth. Most mini implant systems are approved by the FDA.
Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
Due to their smaller size, they can be placed without need for complex flap surgery. This makes the procedure less invasive, not to mention more affordable. There is also a shorter healing time.
Additional benefits include:
- Less disturbance to the tissue means less discomfort. Any Post-surgery pain can be remedied with over-the-counter medication.
- Most procedures can be completed in a single session.
- There is usually no need for bone grafts.
- Can be placed to improve fitting and alignment of dentures.
- Mini implants support the jawbone much like a tooth root. This prevents facial collapse that is often associated with bone loss in the lower jaw.
Drawbacks of Mini Dental Implants
- Mini implants require the support of surrounding bones. As such, some patients may not qualify if their jaw lacks vertical bone structure.
- Mini implants are prone to premature wear if you constantly grind your teeth or are diagnosed with bruxism.
- While durable, mini implants only have an estimated 21% of the strength applied by regular teeth.
Determine if You Qualify
Contact 1895 Dental Implants for additional advice and to get connected with a dental implant provider near you. An evaluation will determine whether you qualify for a mini dental implant or if a traditional implant would be more suitable for your dental health needs.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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