Conventional Implants vs Mini Implants
Dental implants are typically used to replace missing teeth or to anchor dentures in place. Teeth can be lost as a result of decay, traumatic injuries to the facial region, or extraction. Replacing teeth is important, because the empty space can lead to oral bone loss. Implants are a great option for restoring both function and form. There are two types of implants that can be used in our office.
Conventional implants are larger and last for over 40 years. When inserted, they can feel and look the same as a natural tooth. Conventional implants are often used when a wider space, such as that caused by a missing molar, needs to be filled. They require a significant amount of bone structure. Sometimes, this means bone grafting will be required, and conventional implants typically require more planning. They are strong and lasting, but may require several months of waiting.
As their name suggests, mini implants are approximately half the size of conventional implants. Mini implants usually used to fill a more narrow missing space, like that of a missing incisor. They don’t need quite as much bone structure as a conventional implant and can be an option for those with less bone density. Mini implants can usually be placed within an hour. They are significantly cheaper than conventional implants, and eliminate the need for an invasive surgery. They are relatively new and, as such, there aren’t many results on the longevity of mini implants.
Which Implant is Right for Me?
This varies from case to case. It will depend on the reason for getting an implant, your personal bone density, budget, and a variety of other concerns. An expert will be able to tell you which implant would be most beneficial in your case. To find out the best option for you, contact us at Jenson Dental today!