Dental implants are a fantastic way to achieve stable, quality restorations for your smile, but did you know that there are actually different types of dental implants? That’s right, we use the standard sized dental implant, but we can also use a mini dental implant for many restorations!
As you can tell from some of our previous blogs and website, we are big fans of the dental implant! This little piece of titanium can accomplish great things for your smile and confidence. In fact, it is one of our favorite things to do here in the office!
We have seen patients who had no hope of a comfortable smile, but with the assistance of dental implants, we were able to give them back a natural, comfortable, confident look! There is nothing better for a dentist than to help a patient achieve comfort!
Today, we want to talk about the difference between a standard implant and a mini implant because some offices only offer standard implants, and that leaves many patients out of luck. If you’ve been turned down for dental implants in the past, a mini implant could be your solution!
What is a Dental Implant?
A standard dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted directly into your jawbone during a minor oral surgery. Patients tell us that it is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled, and many of our patients don’t even need sedation for the process.
The standard implant is 3.5-4.2 mm in diameter. In order for it to be placed, you would need sufficient bone width in your jaw to support this implant. Most patients have that bone width, but if you’ve been missing a tooth for a while, you would need bone grafts before you could get an implant.
How Does a Mini Implant Compare?
A mini implants works in the exact same way as a standard implant, but it is not nearly as difficult to place because it is smaller. Some dentists are afraid to use mini implants because they don’t think the implant is as stable, but our experience tells us otherwise.
Size: A mini implant is only 2-3.5 mm in width. That’s about half of the standard implant, which means this little implant can go places a standard implant could never reach.
Placement: The placement is much easier on the patient because we don’t need as much space to work in your mouth. Healing go much faster, and you’ll be even more comfortable during and after the procedure.
Reputation: As we mentioned, some dentists don’t want to use mini implants, but they have been proven to hold just as well, to be just as stable, and to accomplish the same tasks that standard implants can accomplish.
When Does a Mini Implant Make Sense?
Even with the good reputation of a mini implant, we take each case very seriously. We want to make sure that you have no concerns or doubts that your implant will hold. Sometimes it makes more sense to use the standard implant, but there are many cases where a mini implant just makes more sense!
Loss of Bone Density: If your bone has lost too much density to hold a standard implant, we will recommend a mini implant. This will perform the same task, but it will save you from having to invest in and endure painful bone grafting surgery.
Denture Stabilization: We love to use mini implants to stabilize dentures. You don’t need a standard implant to do this, so the mini implant just makes sense. It can hold your denture securely without causing you as much discomfort!
Temporary Placement: In some cases, a doctor can place a mini implant as a placeholder for a standard-sized implant to come at a later date, but we often find that the mini implant holds just as well and actually integrates faster.
Learn More About Mini Implants Today
Have you been turned away by another dentist because your mouth couldn’t handle standard implants? Are you looking for a better solution for your dentures? Mini implants could be the right solution for you!
Contact us today to set up an appointment or consultation to learn more about dental implants. We can’t wait to see you and show you all of your options!