The dental industry has afforded us with a number of ways to improve the appearance of our teeth by either repairing them or replacing them. Although removable bridges or dentures are a common option, they lack the permanency that can only be found with dental implants. But that also presents the patient with another challenging decision, namely choosing between mini dental implants and the more traditional version.
How Do These Two Types Of Implants Differ?
Before making your decision, it is important to understand how these two procedures differ:
Dental implants – these are classified as prosthetics and can be either cosmetic or medical in nature. For many individuals, implants restore their ability to eat and speak properly while restoring gaps resulting from missing teeth. Traditional implants are held in place by screws (usually made from Titanium). However, for all intents and purposes, traditional implants look just like your permanent teeth.
Mini dental implants – these are suited for patients who want to lock their current dentures in place. They are also an ideal option when the patient does not have sufficient jaw bone mass and does not want to undergo a bone grafting procedure (bone grafting can be a very invasive procedure and take up to 3 months or longer to heal).
Consider The Benefits Of Each
At Island Dental Associates, we consult with each patient in order to help them decide between mini dental implants and traditional implants. A thorough evaluation and exam of your teeth enables us to determine the best course of action in each individual case. We also urge patients to consider the benefits of both types before making their decision. Here are some factors to consider:
- Both are proven techniques for replacing one or several teeth.
- Mini dental implants are an innovative method or technique for supporting your dentures or replacement teeth – they are more affordable than traditional implants, the procedure is much less invasive, and the procedure is equally as successful as what you would experience with traditional implants.
- Traditional dental implants offer certain advantages over bridges and removable dentures – they are more aesthetic, there is no noticeable damage to the surrounding teeth or shrinkage of the jaw, and they are a permanent solution.
- If you would like to know how Island Dental Associates can restore your smile and the natural appearance of your teeth, we encourage you to contact us today and schedule an appointment for evaluation and examination.