Dental Health of Maplewood

How are mini dental implants different from standard dental implants?

Most dental professionals agree that dental implants are among the most impactful technological advances in dentistry since the toothbrush. No other tooth replacement method is as secure or lasting because tooth implants are surgically placed into your jawbone.

When comparing specific dental implant options, they have some similar structures. For example, all tooth implants have, at their base, a titanium screw that goes into the bone. From that common point, the differences are also significant.

Mini Dental Implants Are Smaller and Simpler than Root-Form Tooth Implants

While standard dental implants have three parts, a mini implant is a one-piece screw that we place almost exclusively to support dental bridges and denture appliances. Here are a few more advantages:

  • Same-day placement and use – no incision or sutures
  • Less expensive
  • Best for restoring anterior lower teeth

Our dentists have been placing mini dental implants since the 1990s, so we truly and fully understand how to make the procedure successful.

Standard Dental Implants for Durable and Versatile Tooth Replacement

Standard or root-form dental implants are more complicated with more steps in the process and a longer treatment time. But their advantages are also significant:

  • A more substantial structure lasts longer
  • Can replace single teeth, support bridges, or even provide full mouth reconstructions

These two factors translate to a more costly procedure, but the value may far outweigh the price, especially when few good alternatives exist.

We encourage you to contact us for more information and to find out if dental implants are a good fit.

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