Traditional Dental Implants vs. Mini Dental Implants

By Dr. Damon on December 12, 2015

An old man eating an applePeople in Fort Worth know that Texas Denture Clinic is an ideal place to visit when they are missing teeth. Our team offers the latest in effective restorative dentistry procedures, including implant dentistry to address single tooth loss and multiple missing teeth.

We'd like to use this post to contrast and compare traditional dental implants to mini dental implants.

Problems with Missing Teeth

When you are missing a tooth or a few teeth, there are a number of problems that may arise.

For one, there is the issue of aesthetics. When there is a major gap between teeth as a result of tooth loss, it can leave you feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, so much so that you feel hesitant about laughing, smiling, or even speaking around people whom you've known for years.

There is also an issue of dental health to consider. Not only is it more difficult to eat certain foods, but the portions of the dental arch where teeth are missing will experience varying degrees of bone loss and gum recession.

Why Implant Dentistry?

Dental implants can help address the aesthetic and dental health issues associated with tooth loss. Mini dental implants can address these matters as well, and in some cases just as well as traditional dental implants.

About Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue in order to support dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. After a months-long process known as osseointegration has been completed, the dental implants will be fused with the patient's bone and gum tissue, allowing them to securely hold a dental appliance.

About Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants in that they are used to support dental appliances when a patient is missing teeth. The difference is that they can be placed in a single appointment without the need for a lengthy oral surgery or months of osseointegration.

The Advantages of Traditional Dental Implants Over Mini Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants are ideal for patients who have serious issues with tooth loss that require an in-depth treatment approach. Traditional dental implants can provide a very stable hold of dental appliances, and in some cases the traditional dental implants are a more ideal solution for a patient's case of tooth loss.

The Advantages of Mini Dental Implants Over Traditional Dental Implants

Mini dental implants work very quickly and are generally much more affordable than traditional dental implants. Keep in mind that mini dental implants require good overall health at the moment of placement to be considered, so it's important for patients to have enough healthy gum tissue and jawbone density in place.

Which Treatment Option Is Right for Me?

The best way to find out if traditional dental implants or mini dental implants are right for you is to meet with your dentist for a consultation. You can receive answers to all of your questions and have your situation carefully assessed.

Schedule a Visit to Texas Denture Clinic

For more information about dental implants and how they can help you have a beautiful and fully functional smile, be sure to contact our advanced restorative dentistry center today. The team at Texas Denture Clinic will work with you to ensure you get the treatment that's right for you and your needs.

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