Mini Dental Implants Offer Patients More Options
The smaller diameter of mini dental implants can make them a good option for patients that do not have enough bone density needed for traditional dental implants, but want to avoid bone grafting and months of healing time. Dr. Brian J. Polidori is an expert in implantology and can help you determine if mini dental implants are right for you during a consultation at our Lakewood, CO, office. By offering an alternative to traditional implants, Dr. Polidori opens up more treatment options for our patients.
Traditional vs. Mini Dental Implants
Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are titanium posts that measure 3 millimeters or larger in diameter. These screw-like posts are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Abutments are attached to the implants, which secure a variety of restorations, including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Traditional implants require ample bone density for adequate support. If density is lacking, a bone graft is necessary to build up bone tissue. The placement process is lengthy, with a three to six month healing period between the surgery and restoration placement.
Whether you are missing a single tooth and are in need of a crown, or you are missing all your lower or upper teeth and require full dentures, mini dental implants can provide sufficient support.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are smaller than 3 millimeters in diameter. They also come in a single piece. The screw-like portion of the implant is surgically placed in the jaw, while a ball-shaped head remains visible. The head of the implant supports and stabilizes the restoration. Unlike traditional implants, mini implants require smaller amounts of bone density, and take much less time to heal. In many cases, Dr. Polidori can place and load mini dental implants in just one visit. They are also a more cost-effective option, especially if Dr. Polidori can modify your current dentures to work with the implants.
Can Mini Dental Implants Help You?
Mini dental implants are a good restorative choice for patients missing one or more teeth. The procedure is appropriate for those who currently wear dental prosthetics, such as dentures, as well as for those who do not. Dr. Polidori most frequently recommends mini dental implants to patients who lack the required bone density for traditional implants and whose health cannot withstand multiple oral surgeries.
The Versatility of Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants can support a variety of restorations, just as with traditional implants. Whether you are missing a single tooth and are in need of a crown, or you are missing all your lower or upper teeth and require full dentures, mini dental implants can provide sufficient support. With proper care, mini implants can last nearly as long as traditional implants, and will provide you with the stability and comfort needed to chew and speak properly. Because the implants are smaller, they are less invasive than traditional implants, making them a better solution for older patients and those with compromised immune systems. They are also the more affordable option, since just one appointment is required to place and load the implants.