There is no better way to replace a tooth than with a dental implant. A dental implant offers all the benefits of a natural tooth, including chewing ability and improvements in your ability to speak clearly. Mini-dental implants differ from standard dental implants in several ways. Depending on your situation, mini-dental implants might be a preferable option for you. Here are a few reasons why.
Mini-implants are much smaller than dental implants
Mini dental implants are very small compared to traditional dental implants, which can be as much as 6mm in diameter. Mini dental implants are about half that size. This is a useful advantage because this means that mini-dental implants are a viable alternative to bone grafting if you don't have enough bone for a traditional dental implant.
Mini-implants are easier to place than dental implants
Because mini-dental implants are so small, they are easier to place than traditional dental implants. Only a small incision is necessary to place a mini implant into the jawbone. This means that the surrounding gum and bone tissue can heal quickly once a mini-dental implant is in place.
Overall then, the process of getting a mini-dental implant is faster than that of a dental implant. This is useful if you have a fear of the dentist or want to have your surgery over and done with as quickly as possible.
Mini-implants can be used for lower dentures after bone loss
If you currently have a lower denture that is loose and ill-fitting, then you can stabilize that denture with mini-dental implants. Lower dentures usually loosen due to the loss of bone in the jawbone, which is a natural process after the loss of teeth. This means that you can't stabilize your lower denture with traditional implants if you also have severe bone loss.
Mini-implants only require a small amount of bone to remain stable. If your lower denture is loose then, two or more mini-dental implants can stabilize it.
Mini-implants provide less stability than dental implants
The main downside to mini-dental implants when compared to dental implants is that they provide less stability than traditional dental implants. This is for two main reasons. First, mini-dental implants use elastic O-rings to remain in place, and these can wear out under pressure from chewing over time. Second, mini-implants are much smaller, and so might not be suitable for larger teeth.
Are you considering dental implants to improve your oral health and smile? Then mini-dental implants might be right for you, especially if you have experienced bone loss over the last few months or years.