If you are considering dental implants, you may have heard about mini dental implants. Some professionals claim that mini implants offer even greater benefits than their larger, standard counterparts, but the truth is that they frequently offer only short-term advantages. At Winterset Dental, we want to provide outstanding results that will protect and enhance your oral health for years to come. Dr. Anil K. Agarwal will explain the advantages and disadvantages of mini implants so you can make an informed choice about your care. To learn more about mini dental implants, contact our Chicago, IL, practice and schedule a consultation.
Mini dental implants offer short-term advantages, while standard implants can last a lifetime.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini implants are similar to standard implants, but they have a smaller diameter. Like traditional implants, they require surgery for placement. A dentist will examine a patient’s jaw structure to determine candidacy for treatment, and to determine the optimal positions for the implants. Next, the surgeon will place the posts in the patient’s jaw. As the healing process begins, the bone and titanium will become permanently fused. Mini implants can usually support a restoration immediately following placement.
The Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
Mini implants do provide some short-term benefits. For example, they heal more quickly than standard implants since the surgery affects less bone tissue.
Mini implants are often marketed as a better alternative for patients with jawbone recession. Bone loss always occurs in the absence of tooth roots. If a patient delays addressing the missing tooth, he or she may eventually lack sufficient bone tissue to support a standard implant. In this case, a bone graft may be necessary to restore a suitable foundation. But because of their smaller diameter, mini dental implants can often be placed without having to undergo a bone grafting procedure.
The Disadvantages of Mini Dental Implants
It is true that mini implants require less bone tissue and less recovery time. However, they are also less likely to be a permanent solution. Mini implants are not as strong and durable as standard implants. Thus, patients who choose these restorations face a much greater risk of implant failure. Since they cannot bear the sustained force from daily use, the posts could also break.
Choosing the Right Type of Implants for Your Needs
You can depend on Dr. Agarwal and his team to determine the right treatment for your needs. After a full exam and consultation, your dentist will recommend an appropriate solution. We believe in patient education, and providing patients with options. At the same time, we are adamant about only recommending treatments that will provide long-term benefits delivering the greatest returns on your investment.
As part of this mission, we usually recommend that patients choose standard implants. Although they may require extensive preparatory work such as a bone graft, take longer to heal, and can cost more than mini-implants, we believe the superior stability and support they provide make them a much more beneficial choice in the long run.
Begin Planning Your Restorative Care
At Winterset Dental, we provide honest assessments and treatment recommendations. Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out which treatment is right for you.