Understanding Mini Dental Implants

Dental implants are growing in popularity as a solution for tooth loss; with 40 million people missing teeth just in the US, you’d expect most of the people you see walking down the streets of Kennewick, WA to have at least one implant in their teeth.

Even though more people are interested in dental implants than ever before, only 3% to 5% of people with missing teeth have them. There are two primary reasons for this:

  • Unsuitable Candidates – As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, not everyone can get dental implants. Placing dental implants requires intensive oral surgery, and you must be physically well enough to undergo the rigors of the procedures required. After the implantation is complete, you must also be healthy enough to support the implant and to avoid implant failure.
  • Cost – Dental implants are the best way to address the pain and embarrassment caused by tooth loss, but dental implants have a much higher upfront cost than other solutions (conventional dentures and bridges).

Dentures and bridges, when compared to dental implants, just don’t match up in terms of aesthetics, performance, and value. So what can you do if you want dental implants but they seem just out of reach for one or both of the reasons listed above?

Mini Dental Implants are the solution you’re looking for!

How Are Mini Dental Implants Different From Conventional Dental Implants?

The first difference of course is their size; mini dental implants are much smaller than conventional dental implants. Conventional implants are a little under 4 mm in diameter (they can be larger, however), whereas mini dental implants are usually less than 3 mm in diameter.

That small difference in size means a big boost in the versatility of mini dental implants, as well as who can receive them. Conventional dental implants can take multiple procedures to install, but mini dental implants can be placed in a single visit. The procedure is also less intensive, requiring less drilling into your jawbone and a much easier and faster recovery period. Less surgery means less cost, which makes mini dental implants more accessible, on top of the fact that mini dental implants have fewer parts.  A conventional dental implant has two parts: the anchor, which is the part that is embedded in the bone, and the abutment, which attaches the artificial tooth, or crown, to the implant. A mini dental implant has only one part, which further reduces the associated cost.

Mini dental implants can also be placed if you don’t have sufficient bone density in your jaw for conventional implants, and because the surgery is less intensive, more people can safely undergo the procedure.

Other than that, mini dental implants are more or less the same as their larger cousins. They still fuse with your jawbone (as they are made of a biocompatible alloy of titanium) to stay firmly in place, and they still encourage the regrowth of bone density.

How Are Mini Dental Implants Used?

Mini dental implants can be used to replace small individual teeth (as a fixed crown) or it can be used to hold implant supported or implant retained dentures in place (allowing you to replace multiple teeth at once). Mini dental implants are also commonly used to support implant bridges, which can replace one to three missing teeth, but are more reliable than traditional bridges. Combining mini implants with dentures and bridges creates more treatment options, and if you prefer dentures but would like to benefit from the reliability and strong hold of dental implants, mini dental implants are your best bet.

Can Anyone Get Mini Dental Implants?

While mini dental implants make implant dentistry more accessible, you must still meet certain oral and overall health requirements. Mini dental implants can be used in jaws that have lost bone density as a result of serious diseases like advanced gum disease (periodontitis, the leading cause of tooth loss in the US).

Can You Benefit From Dental Implants?

Are you suffering from tooth loss and its effects right now, or are you tired of the shortcomings of conventional dentures and bridges, but you’ve been told you’re not healthy enough for conventional implants?

You can find out by making an appointment with us! Dial 509-591-0515, or click here to reach our online appointment form to book your exam and consultation today!

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