Go Big or Go Small? Dental Implants vs. Mini Dental Implants

mini dental implantsDental implants are an innovation that has changed the lives of millions of people. The permanence of dental implants eliminates worries about less-than-secure dentures, and the implants restore full functionality of your teeth so that you can eat whatever you want and speak with confidence. There are, however, different types of dental implants, and it’s important that you and your dentist make the right choice about what’s right for your oral health.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

The role of a dental implant is to take the placing of a missing tooth’s root in order to stimulate the jaw bone. A prosthetic tooth – often a ceramic zirconia crown – is then attached to the implant using an implant screw. The entire procedure eliminates the holes in your smile and gives you a natural-looking set of strong teeth.

So how are “mini” dental implants different than a “regular” dental implant? As their name indicates, it’s the size of a mini dental implant that sets it apart from its sister implant. Regular dental implants have three parts – the post, the abutment, and the crown. A mini dental implant only has the post and crown. The protruding surface of the implant has a ball-shaped head to which the crown is fitted.

All people are not created equal, and neither are jawbones. Some people have narrow jaw bones that may not be able to support the typical dental implant. The smaller diameter of mini implants allow them to be embedded in narrower jaws and dental implants suddenly become a solution for people who thought that an implant was not a possibility for their smile makeover. Mini implants can also be used to better fit bridges or dentures, not just crowns – the existing prosthesis is adjusted to fit on the newly place mini implants. This saves the mini implant-wearer both time and expense.

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Deciding on the Right Dental Implant for Your Mouth

The success of your dental implants depends on the expertise of your dentist and the kind of preparation she completes. Careful planning and thorough imaging will allow your holistic dentist to determine exactly where mini implants can be inserted and where implants aren’t possible. The mini-implant procedure is actually less-invasive than a typical dental implant surgery and can be completed in one to two hours with a shorter recovery time.

Rest assured, whether your dental implants are mini or regular, both options are durable and reliable, and they’ll give you a new smile that you can depend on and love.

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Secure Your Smile with Dental Implants

Dental implants are a relatively pain-free restorative dentistry solution. And anxiety-free conscious sedation dentistry makes it possible for you to have dental procedures completed without allowing your dental fears to win out and negatively impact your oral health as well as your overall health and well-being.

Make an appointment today with Dr. Yolanda Cintron at the International Center for Dental Excellence to discuss your options for dental implants.

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