Mini Dental Implants
Two general implant options are typically available to people in such a situation. They can either opt for traditional dental implants, which are larger and deeper into the jawbone, or mini dental implants. If you are wondering if mini-dental implants are the best solution to replace your missing teeth, then Dallas Oral Surgery Associates can offer assistance.
Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants have been around for a long time. Even though they are highly effective as a tooth replacement option and have a high rate of success, they come with important drawbacks. First, their placement is a very long process. Ideally, the process of dental implant placement has about five steps. It is a long and tedious process, one that might involve such stages as bone grafting.
Furthermore, the bone and gums must be allowed to heal completely before one proceeds to the next stage. For instance, after the removal of any problematic teeth, there must be a healing process before the dentist proceeds to the next stage. It is because of these issues that mini dental implants are now emerging as a solution, especially for those that have prior complications.
Why Use of Mini Implants Has Increased
For starters, mini dental implants can be used to replace standard implants that are too large. Patients who do not have enough bone density for traditional dental implants often benefit from mini dental implants. A miniature dental implant can be placed in spaces that would be too small for a standard implant due to its smaller diameter.
Second, they improve jawbone health, which is a huge benefit. If you've lost a tooth and are thinking about getting a dental implant, you should know that doing so will stimulate and improve the health of your jawbone. Implants, unlike traditional dentures or other tooth replacement options, do not cause the patient's face to sink inward. They require only one visit to the dentist for placement. This alternative to traditional dental implants is advantageous because placement requires only one visit to the dentist's office.
Like the typical larger implants, they also have aesthetic and functional benefits. They end up not only looking just like natural teeth but also functioning the same way. More dentists are going the way of these mini dental implants because they offer most of the benefits of the traditional dental implants, and can be easier to install and definitely cheaper.
The mini dental implant procedure is minimally invasive and almost guarantees a shorter recovery period. The fact that up to four of them can be installed at the same time generally reduces the amount of time that is spent at the dentist overall, with a short time for healing.
Reach out to our dentist at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates if you are struggling with choosing between mini dental implants and the larger traditional implants. Give us a call at 214-363-9946 to set up an appointment.