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Mini dental implants and traditional dental implants: what’s the difference?


Whether you’re suffering from single tooth loss or even total tooth loss, we can help you.

Here at Bhat Dental Associates we strive to ensure patients have access to the best solutions for tooth loss available. Understanding your options when it comes to tooth replacement is important in order for you to make the right decision. The following article discusses your dental implant choices and explains in which circumstances mini dental implants could be suitable for you.

Regular dental implants

Dental implants are quickly becoming a preferred solution to tooth loss. They provide a solution with a high success rate, which ultimately offers a life like imitation tooth that is secured to the jaw with a titanium tooth root replacement.

Dental implants benefit the patient in a variety of ways:

  • The results are long lasting

Other tooth replacement methods tend to last between 5-7 years but dental implants are made from materials that, if cared for properly, can last a lifetime.

  • Restores facial structure in cases where ,there is multiple tooth loss

When you lose multiple teeth the natural structure of your face can change. This is because the jawbone can begin to deteriorate from the lack of stimulation that was previously provided by the tooth’s root.

  • The replacement looks and acts as a natural tooth

Dental implants are strong and stable. Once completed with a restoration they will look and feel like natural teeth in your mouth. They will also function as natural teeth for general daily activities such as eating, speaking and smiling.

  • They are permanent and non-removable

With dental implants you can keep your teeth in your mouth rather than in a cup like removable dentures. You can also avoid embarrassing mishaps with slipping or speech impediments sometimes accompanied by removable alternatives.

  • You can eat whatever you like

Dental implants don’t require the need for dietary adjustments and offer the chance to bite naturally without changing the way the food tastes and feels.

  • The crowns attached to the implants will not get cavities

Your new replacements will not get holes from plaque and bacteria although it is still important that you take care of them by practicing healthy eating habits and attending regular check-ups to ensure they remain strong.

  • They won’t damage your healthy teeth

Other alternatives such as tooth supported bridges require removing large amounts of the natural teeth that sit on either side of the gap. Not only does this damage your teeth but as it doesn’t support the jaw it can also cause the jawbone to deteriorate.

  • Proven to produce high success rates

The dental implants treatment is predictable and reliable, with decades of tracking the results. The treatment is proven to have more than a 90% chance of success for non-smokers.

Mini dental implants

Mini dental implants are more commonly used for supporting dentures. They provide a fast solution that is minimally invasive and requires less down-time. Mini dental implants are also known to be used for single tooth loss but they depend on your oral condition.

As an alternative to traditional dental implants, mini dental implants:

  • Can be used immediately

Traditional dental implants generally require 2 appointments. This is because the nature of the implant placement requires a period of time to heal before being functionally able to use. Mini implants can be used immediately.

  • Provide a stable foundation for a denture

Using mini dental implants to secure a denture provides a strong hold for your dental arches. Not only does it stop your denture from moving around uncomfortably but because the implant is smaller and less invasive, the new denture can be fixed during the same appointment which means you won’t have to go without teeth for the denture healing period.

Putting your needs first

Here at Bhat Dental Associates, we offer sedation dentistry for your treatment and use a local anesthetic to numb the area prior to the treatment. Our dental professionals will work with you to help identify a treatment plan that is suitable for your needs.

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