If you are considering getting dental implants and wondering what the difference is between traditional dental implants and mini dental implants, we encourage you to call (631) 250-5947 to schedule an appointment with our 11787 dental office. Our goal is to provide you with a replacement tooth that is long-lasting, durable, and looks natural. Since every patient is unique, the only way to determine which type of implant is right for you is to conduct a physical examination and to take X-rays. Once we do, we can discuss whether a traditional implant or mini dental implants would be the best way to replace your teeth. Dr. Mathew will then answer any questions that you may have, prior to scheduling an appointment for the procedure. At Mathew Dental Group, we will ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the examination and procedure and that you are pleased with the results.
While waiting for your appointment, here are some facts that you should know about traditional dental implants.
A traditional dental implant generally has a diameter of 3 to 6mm. A mini dental implant is typically half of the size of a traditional one. There are several reasons why a mini dental implant may be chosen over a traditional size. First, people that do not have enough bone density to support a full size implant may be able to receive a mini dental implant due to the decreased size. This creates more opportunities regarding tooth replacement options for adults suffering from tooth loss along with our elderly patients that tend to suffer from resorption on a more regular basis. That is good news and if you have been told that you cannot get implants due to a lack of bone density, call (631) 250-5947 for a second opinion.
The one downfall of using a smaller implant is that the implant itself may not be as strong or as durable, simply because it receives less support from the jawbone than a traditional implant would. In our Smithtown dental office, we know that mini dental implants are still incredibly secure but if you are looking for the most durable and secure tooth replacement, a traditional dental implant is still your best option.
When comparing the differences between traditional dental implants and mini dental implants, it is important to note that neither of these options are implanted with the tooth attached. When the procedure is first completed, the titanium post is inserted under the gums and secured to the jawbone. The attaching of the visible tooth comes later after the process of osseointegration has completed. The process by which the tooth becomes attached, however, is different depending on the type of implant you get. A traditional dental implant typically requires a second metal piece called an abutment to be secured in place at the gum line. Once secure, the new tooth (crown) will be attached. With a mini dental implant, one step is removed from this equation. There is no need for an abutment because a mini implant has a small ball at the end of it. As a result, the new tooth can be secured without this third piece.
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