Dental implants have revolutionized the way that dental professionals address tooth loss. Both mini dental implants and standard dental implants serve as prosthetics that replace the roots of teeth. Made from titanium, implants are used to support a number of restorations including crowns, bridges, and dentures.
When determining which type of implant is best for one’s needs, our team recommends scheduling a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons. After a consultation, our practice can develop a custom treatment plan that addresses each patient’s unique situation. Following is some helpful information on these two types of implants.
Similarities between Mini Implants and Standard Implants
Both types of dental implants are surgically embedded into the jaw and both are made from titanium. Mini implants and standard implants are fully biocompatible with the body. This is because bone fuses to titanium to hold the implants in place. Titanium is also useful because it won’t trigger an immune response in the body. Both types of implants are used to support and hold prosthetic teeth.
Differences between Mini and Standard Implants
The major differences between these types of implants are in their size and construction. Standard implants are made from two pieces of titanium and have a diameter over three millimeters whereas mini dental implants are constructed from one piece of titanium and are about half the size of a standard implant in its diameter.
Another difference between the two is the way that prosthetics are attached. With standard implants, there is an internal thread that allows for dental crowns or dentures to be attached through an abutment. Mini implants, however, do not have this feature. Instead, they have a ball-shaped ending that juts out of the jawbone. Prosthetic teeth are secured to this ball-shaped support structure. The type of implant a patient receives can depend on his or her needs. For example, mini dental implants are useful for patients who do not have enough bone density to support a standard implant.
After a thorough examination, our oral surgeons can help you determine which course of treatment is best for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment.