Dental implants have gained great popularity over the most recent years, and rightfully so. These advanced prosthetics stabilize restorations, improve jaw health, and help maintain a beautiful smile for decades. As a result of the success of this treatment, many companies have developed varying types of dental implants. Here we take a look at mini implants and compare them with standard implants, taking a look at when these options would be used best.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium or zirconia posts placed directly into the jaw to support surrounding bone and prosthetic teeth. These posts act as the teeth’s new roots, preserving existing dental structure and improving bite performance.
Implant posts are crafted specifically for the individual receiving treatment. Technicians take into account the thickness and health of an individual’s bone and gum tissue prior to developing the implants and restorations. While the standard dental implant reigns supreme, mini implants work well in certain cases.
Mini Dental Implants
In some instances, a standard implant may not fit, especially when replacing the front bottom teeth. Mini implants were designed to be much smaller in size, and thus fit in smaller areas to support restoration in the front of the smile. While they do not always work as a replacement for standard implants, they help patients with smaller jaws, when replacing individual teeth, or those looking to replace a tooth in a tight-fitting area.
However, these posts typically cannot provide the similar support needed for restorations such as bridges or full dentures.
As the most coveted procedure in modern restorations, standard dental implants are the most reliable option for missing teeth. These are designed to work on the foundational level by replacing the tooth root and provide renewed support for surrounding dental structure that prevents accelerated bone atrophy.
Standard dental implants can be made to replace a single tooth, a row of teeth with a bridge, or an entire arch with dentures. Additionally, standard implants provide the deep bond necessary to maintain longevity.
While many options on the market tout similar results, there is no comparison to standard dental implants crafted with high-quality components.
To find out more about dental implants and replacements for missing teeth, give our office a call and schedule a consultation with Drs. Christopher Graff and Scott Peterson. Graff & Peterson Dental is dedicated to help you restore and maintain a beautiful smile for a lifetime.