Dental Implants vs. Mini Dental Implants

dental implantsIf you’re reading this, that probably means that you have lost adult teeth, have teeth spacing issues, or other oral health concerns.

Many have heard of dental implants and mini dental implants but what is the difference between them, and which is best for you?

Dental implants are used in order to replace a single, or multiple teeth. Also, they are sometimes used in order to hold removable dentures in place so they can be snapped on and off.

The metal that is used in these procedures is titanium, which is biocompatible and doesn’t trigger a response from your body’s immune system.

 

Dental Implants

Your standard dental implants have two pieces with a diameter larger than 3mm. There is a screw that goes into the bone, along with a thread so that teeth, dentures, etc. can be attached to it. These implants tend to serve as more of a long term solution and less stress is put on the jaw bone. These also have a greater surface area which in turn gives you more chewing force. These tend to be the preferred method if you need to get the surgery done.

Mini Dental Implants

These are smaller than 3mm and have a ball-shaped end that sticks out. These are helpful for supporting dentures. The dentures would have a rubber “O” at the end of it, which would be attached to the ball. It would take two mini implants to provide the support of traditional dental implants. Mini implants are generally half the price, but if you’re doubling up for support, then this isn’t usually part of the deciding equation. Although, there are some circumstances that would make a person consider minis. One is if the bone is degenerating, because then the mini implants might be the only option. These can also be used as a short term solution until a more permanent solution comes along.

Both of these options are great for getting your smile back. Always make sure to talk to your dentist at Modern Family Dental Care to find out which option is the best for you.

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Written by Dr. Taj

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