Dental Implants vs Mini Implants
Dental implants are an effective and permanent teeth replacement option. Implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth as well as to secure removable dentures. Implants look and function like your real teeth, to help restore your smile and your bite.
If you’ve suffered tooth decay or tooth loss, reach out to us, at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, for an effective solution. Here is a detailed look at the two dental implant restoration options to help you decide which one is ideal for you:
Implants comprise a titanium post, abutment, and prosthesis. The post is embedded in your jawbone and the abutment connects the post with the prosthesis. The prosthesis can be a crown, denture, or bridge.
Once the biocompatible implant post has been placed in your jawbone, the bone will fuse with it and hold it securely. Implants can, therefore, restore your smile and enable you to eat as you would with natural teeth. Implants also support the surrounding teeth and can serve you for a lifetime.
Mini Dental Implants
The primary difference between mini dental implants and standard implants is that mini implants are smaller. Therefore, to get the same support provided by a single standard implant, you need two mini implants.
If you get a mini implant, your recovery time will be slightly longer. Also, the implants will exert a bit more pressure on your jawbone because of the difference in weight distribution, compared to the standard implant.
A key benefit of mini dental implants, compared to standard implants, is that they can be used even if you've lost significant bone mass in your jawbone structure. For instance, if you have worn dentures for years, your jawbone may have atrophied significantly.
Besides, with mini implants, you don't need major surgery because the anchors are embedded in your jaw through a relatively non-invasive procedure. Mini implants are meant to make the implant procedure quicker and eliminate the need for bone grafting.
Choosing Between Mini Implants and Dental Implants
The type of dental implant that's ideal for you depends on the condition of your jawbone. During the consultation, we will prioritize safety.
If your jawbone has deteriorated due to your missing teeth, getting a standard implant may lead to you developing complications. The implant can fracture your bone or it may fail to fuse properly with your jawbone. In this case, mini dental implants can be an effective option.
Causes of bone loss include gum disease, trauma resulting from teeth being knocked out or broken, tooth misalignment, and delayed replacement of teeth after extraction. If traditional implants aren’t viable due to you losing too much bone mass and you want to avoid bone grafting, mini dental implants may be the most effective option.
Consult an Expert
Implants will replace the entire structure of your missing teeth and thus will help prevent jawbone atrophy. The type of implant that's ideal for you will depend on the health of your jaw. To make the right decision, contact us at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence at (336) 444-2772. We will help restore the look and function of your teeth.