Traditional dental implants v. Mini dental implants
It is important to know the difference between traditional dental implants and mini implants. A traditional implant is made of two pieces with an external screw that goes into the bone and has a diameter greater than 3 mm. Inside the implant there is a fitted, threaded connection that enables different dental applications, for instance, one connection might support a crown, and a different connection might support and stabilize a denture. This multi use feature is one of its best.
Unlike the traditional implant, mini implants are one solid piece with a diameter smaller than 3mm.On top of the implant is a small ball-shaped protrusion, which typically supports small teeth or dentures. Typically the denture has a rubber O-ring that slides over this ball shaped part.
When are mini dental implants used?
Mini dental implants are used only in specific cases. It’s not necessarily something you can choose because you like the idea of having smaller implants.
In most cases mini implants are used in these situations:
- If you have small teeth
- For front teeth replacement
- For pre-molar replacement
- For teeth located in a narrow space
- For teeth with inadequate bone volume and bone grafting isn’t an option
- To anchor dentures – mini implants enhance the comfort of your smile and allow you to chew, eat and speak without worrying about slipping dentures.
Mini Implants other benefits include:
The process of placing mini implants is less invasive than placing a standard implant, resulting in a more comfortable treatment and shorter healing period.
Mini implants are more affordable than traditional implants.
Mini implants, like traditional implants, help prevent bone loss after tooth loss, which helps to maintain facial shape and volume.