Dental Implants Vs. Mini Implants
Tooth loss can be caused by some different issues, including gum disease, facial trauma, severe tooth decay and more. No matter what the cause of your tooth loss, and no matter how many teeth you lose, it is essential that you replace your missing teeth right away. Today, you have many different options available for tooth replacement ranging from bridges and dentures to implants. Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth that offer numerous incredible benefits.
Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. Unlike traditional restorations, which sit above your gum line, dental implants involve the use of small titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jawbone. Your bone fuses to these posts as you heal, a natural process called osseointegration. The posts become stable roots that hold your dental restorations securely in place. Dental implants are an incredibly versatile treatment that can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch.
What are Mini Implants?
Mini implants are a type of dental implant that is significantly smaller than standard dental implants. These implants, also made from titanium, are approximately the thickness of a toothpick. Similar to standard implants, mini implants also require a surgical procedure to place the posts in your jaw. The posts have a small ball on their ends. Your dental restorations snap into place on these balls and are held in place with elastic O-rings.
The Differences Between Implants and Mini Implants
Both dental implants and mini implants are two options to help replace missing teeth. They work to hold your dental restorations securely in place. However, there are several differences that distinguish the two. During your initial consultation, we can help to determine the best option for you.
Both dental implants and mini dental implants help to provide you with stable dental restorations. Your replacement teeth are held securely in place and will not slip out of place or fall out. Call DFW Oral Surgeons today at (972) 539-1491 to schedule your consultation and find out which option is right for you.
John C. Shillingburg, DDS
Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Seattle Study Club Established in 2013 by John C. Shillingburg, DDS