Mini-Implants Vs. Standard Implants

Dental implants have been a godsend for some people. Dental implant therapy is the one of the most important advances in dentistry in the last 25 years. The advantage is that they allow you to replace missing or damaged teeth with something that looks and functions just like real teeth.

At Marineland Dental Care, we offer a couple of options to those of you who are considering dental implants.

A missing tooth can be emotionally and physically traumatic. With a missing tooth, you could be too embarrassed to smile. Not smiling can affect your social and professional life.

About Smiling

When Charles Darwin wasn’t working on The Origin of the Species, he was busy developing he called the Facial Feedback Response Theory. The theory suggested that just the act of smiling actually makes us feel better.

Smiling also makes us look better in the eyes of other people. A study at Penn State University showed that when we smile, we appear more likeable and courteous but we are also perceived by others to be more competent. That gives a whole new meaning to “service with a smile”!

The Physical Cost Of A Lost Tooth

Losing a tooth can also affect the health of your mouth. Without the support of the tooth’s root, the bone underneath your teeth will begin to deteriorate. Twenty-five percent of your bone mass in that part of your mouth can be lost in the first year after losing a tooth!

There are a couple of options for dental implants that we will talk to you about if you’re a good candidate.

Overview

A dental implant is a titanium post that is like a tooth root. It’s implanted in your jawbone beneath the gumline. Once it’s in place, we can mount a replacement tooth on the implant.

Titanium is used for the implant because it’s a bio-compatible metal. That means that it won’t trigger an immune response in most patients.

Dental implants provide more stable support for artificial teeth. When dentures and bridges are placed in the mouth using implants, they won’t slip or shift.

There are two types of dental implants: standard and mini.

Standard dental implants are usually made of two pieces, with a diameter larger than 3mm. There is an external screw that’s inserted into the bone. Then there’s an internal thread (called an abutment) that lets the replacement tooth be torqued down and attached to the implants.

A mini dental implants is a one-piece screw, less than 3mm in diameter, that has a ball-shaped end that sticks out of the jaw bone. They’re small posts that are used to replace missing teeth and secure dentures or permanent crowns.

Mini implants are also used for:

  • Crowns and bridges
  • Securing loose or ill-fitting dentures
  • Retaining the lower denture

With denture stabilization, a miniature titanium alloy cylinder is implanted. When the denture is placed, the implant keeps the denture secure and free from slipping.

You will be able to remove the denture for cleaning. You will brush and clean the implants like you would your natural teeth. The same issues that can cause gum disease with your natural teeth can still occur. After cleaning, you just snap the dentures back into place.

Mini implants are often used for patients who don’t have enough bone density for standard dental implants.

Since standard implants are bigger, they require more bone width and density to be set. That may require bone grafting. Mini implants are smaller in diameter so they’re a very nice option when a person wants implants but doesn’t want to go through bone grafting.

Mini dental implants can also be a short-term fix to buy some patients time until a more permanent solution is available.

Both standard and mini implants can both improve your appearance but they also make it easier to chew and enjoy the foods you love.

After a thorough dental examination, Dr. Walter G. Hadley can discuss the implant option that suits you best.

Find out more about dental implants and the options that are available for you! Give us a call at 509-591-0515 to set up an appointment or use our convenient online form to get in touch with us.

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