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Dental Implants Vs. Mini Implants

Elderly women smiling while drink water after receiving mini Implants from Shenandoah Family Dentistry You can suffer tooth loss for some different reasons. Some of the most common causes include gum disease, facial trauma, and severe tooth decay. Regardless of how you lose your teeth your entire life is affected. Replacing your missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your missing teeth, your smile, and your quality of life. Today, you have many options. Dental implants have quickly become one of the most popular solutions. Shenandoah Family Dentistry offers many different types of dental implants, including mini implants. However, what is the difference?

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. Implants are a modern alternative to dentures and bridges. This treatment uses small titanium posts that are placed into your jawbone to provide support for replacement teeth. As you heal from the procedure, your bone gradually fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. The posts become replacement tooth roots that can hold your new teeth firmly in place.

What are Mini Implants?

Mini implants are a type of dental implant. However, they are much smaller than traditional implants. They are also made from titanium, or titanium alloy, but are approximately the thickness of a toothpick. A mini implant post has a small ball on the end of it, and your replacement tooth, or teeth, snap into place over it, secured into place with an elastic O-ring. Just like with other dental implants, these implants also require surgery for placement.

The Differences Between Implants and Mini Implants

While mini implants are a type of dental implant, there are several significant differences between the two. These differences include
•  The diameter of the implant posts. Mini dental implants are much smaller than regular dental implants. Where regular dental implants are between 3.4 and 5.8 millimeters in diameter, mini dental implants are only about the thickness of a toothpick. These implants can be used to replace teeth in more narrow spaces or teeth that are small.
•  Implant design. Regular dental implants consist of the post, an abutment, and then the crown. The abutment, or connector, is placed onto the end of the implant following healing and is used to provide stability for your new teeth, which are screwed into place. With mini implants, there are no abutments. Instead, the implant post has a small ball on the end of it. Your replacement teeth snap into place on the ball and are secured with an elastic O-ring.
•  The amount of bone required for stability. While both dental implants and mini implants rely on your jawbone for stability and proper osseointegration, mini dental implants can be used in areas with less bone mass, where regular dental implants may not be able to be successfully placed. This can help you to avoid the need for a bone graft.
•  The ability to stabilize dentures. Regular dental implants are used to support false ceramic teeth. While mini dental implants can do this as well, they can also be used to help stabilize a traditional denture. This can be beneficial for those who do not want to undergo a full implant surgery but want stability for a denture.
•  Surgery and recovery times. Because mini dental implants are small, surgery is less invasive. It is also shorter. Recovery time following the placement of mini implants is also shorter.
•  Cost. Mini dental implants cost less than regular dental implants.

There are many types of dental implants, providing a solution to meet just about every type of tooth replacement need. Call Shenandoah Family Dentistry to schedule your consultation today at (540) 667-8731.51-4455.
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