Traditional dentures have long been one of the most popular methods of replacing missing teeth; however, many patients find the increased stability and other benefits of implant supported dentures attractive. These function similarly to traditional prosthetic teeth, with a few key differences. Traditional dentures are fitted to a patient's gums and held in place by adhesive.…
Who Should Get Mini Dental Implants Over Traditional Implants?
Mini dental implants have proven to be an effective tooth replacement option, just like their traditional counterparts. These prosthetics are very similar to conventional implants with a few key differences.
Mini dental implants are about half the size of the traditional versions, and they do not require the use of an abutment to connect the crown. Their outer ends are rounded so a crown can be attached directly to them. This eliminates one of the steps involved in getting traditional implants.
Who is a good candidate for mini dental implants?
The following are some of the reasons why mini implants are a better option for some patients:
1. People who have lost some jawbone tissue
Patients need to have lots of healthy jawbone tissue to qualify for implants. Patients who do not have the required bone tissue often need bone grafts. It can take up to three months to recover from such a procedure before the installation of implants can proceed.
Due to their smaller size, mini implants require less bone tissue to be installed. It means some patients who might need to get bone grafts for traditional implants, might be eligible for mini implants without any grafts.
2. People who are looking for the least invasive option
The installation of conventional implants requires surgery. An incision needs to be made into the patient's jaw, a hole is drilled into it and the implant is inserted into the hole until it fits tightly. The dentist then has to suture up the incision to end the procedure.
Mini implants are inserted directly into the jawbone and there is no need to make any incisions. It is the least invasive alternative, making it a better option for people who would rather go with a less invasive tooth replacement for health or other reasons.
3. People who want the less complicated option
The process of getting traditional implants can be tiring. After the insertion of the implant, the patient needs to go back to the clinic to have an abutment connected to the implant. Once osseointegration is complete, the patient then has to come back to get the crown placed on it.
Things are a lot less complicated with mini implants. Depending on their location, they can be crowned immediately or after osseointegration. There is no need to get another surgical procedure just to have an abutment attached to the implant.
Who is better off with traditional benefits?
Traditional implants come with a few benefits mini implants do not enjoy. These include:
- They provide more stability for the tooth, making them a better option for molars
- They are a better option for people who grind their teeth
- They are a longer lasting alternative
Come and explore your options
Looking for a minimally invasive way to replace a missing tooth? Contact our Marietta office to learn more about mini implants and find out if they are the best option for you.
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