Dental implants are fast becoming the most popular tooth replacement option. Unlike other dental restorations, dental implants restore the entire tooth from the roots up offering a more stable, longer lasting result. Additionally, dental implants aid in bone and gum tissue retention. Dental implants are a great technique for offering superior tooth replacement. Unfortunately, patients with bone density loss and immune compromising health conditions like diabetes, have been unable to benefit from dental implants due to the size of the implant post and the amount of healing time required. Mini dental implants are an innovative new type of implant that offers patients who may have been unable to receive traditional implants an opportunity to complete their smiles in just one appointment.
How are Mini Implants Different from Traditional Implants?
Mini implants work in, essentially, the same manner as regular implants. The main difference is in size. To be more specific, mini implants are much narrower in diameter. Rather than the nearly 4mm in diameter of traditional implants, mini implants are between 1.8 and 3 mm. This means dentists make a much smaller incision before placing the implant, and soft tissue requires less time to heal. Because of this, a dental prosthetic is often attached to mini implants in a single visit. Compared with traditional implants, dental implants save patients significant time and money since less implant posts are typically needed, there are less dental appointments, and little to no healing time. For denture wearers, we can often utilize an existing denture saving patients even more money.
Am I Candidate for Mini Implants?
There’s no way to know for sure whether you’re a candidate for any kind of dental implant procedure without first visiting our Medford dental practice. Every patient is different, and our goal is always to offer patients personalized treatment plans to meet their health care needs. However, because mini implants are much smaller and the placement procedures is less invasive, patients with bone loss and surgical concerns are often still candidates for mini implants. As long as a patient is healthy enough for minor medical care, they are healthy enough to receive mini dental implants.
Find Out More about Dental Implants Somerville
If you’re interested in dental implant tooth replacement options, contact Giamberardino Dental Care today. Our friendly, Medford dental team will be happy to answer any questions you have or schedule a dental implant consultation.