Teeth can be lost due to anything from decay to physical trauma, but they can be replaced by a dental implant. Unlike traditional dentures, implants are surgically attached to the jawbone. This means they function and feel just like natural teeth, and they also stimulate the jawbone to prevent bone loss as you age.
There are several dental implant options available, with mini dental implants being one of the latest. These are attached to the jawbone with a much smaller screw than is required for traditional dental implants, and they can make better sense for some patients.
Here are just four reasons why you might want to consider mini dental implants.
1. Less Jawbone Required
Traditional implants require a certain level of jawbone density in order to support themselves. Since mini implants are much smaller, they don't require the same jawbone mass. As such, they are often ideal for patients who have already lost jawbone density — this can occur due to issues such as tooth decay, osteoporosis, or injury. While bone grafts are an option when the jawbone isn't dense enough for traditional implants, it can take time for grafts to heal. Opting for mini implants can help you avoid the need for bone grafts entirely.
2. Minimally Invasive
You'll need to undergo a surgical procedure conducted under local anaesthesia regardless of the type of dental implant you choose. However, the surgery required for mini implants is far less invasive than that required for traditional implants, and you'll often only require one procedure as opposed to the standard two. You'll also tend to experience less pain when you go for mini implants.
3. Fast Results
While traditional implants require multiple visits to your dentist and can't hold permanent replacement teeth for some months, complete mini dental implants can often be placed on the same day as the procedure itself. Patients also tend to recover faster since the implants are smaller and the procedure less invasive. This means you can often get immediate results with mini dental implants.
4. Reduced Expense
While all types of dental implant will represent a relatively sizeable investment, you can keep the costs down by choosing mini implants over traditional implants. They are considerably cheaper to make since they are much smaller and therefore require less material, and the fact that they can be fitted with less complicated procedures helps make them even less expensive. If cost is likely to be an issue, it's well worth talking to your dentist about mini implants.
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21 March 2023
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