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Dental Implants Vs. Mini Implants


Diagram of a Dental Implant, Implant Abutment and Crown used by Flower Mound oral surgeon at DFW Oral Surgeons.Tooth loss can be caused by some different issues, including gum disease, facial trauma, severe tooth decay and more. No matter what the cause of your tooth loss, and no matter how many teeth you lose, it is essential that you replace your missing teeth right away. Today, you have many different options available for tooth replacement ranging from bridges and dentures to implants. Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth that offer numerous incredible benefits.

What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. Unlike traditional restorations, which sit above your gum line, dental implants involve the use of small titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jawbone. Your bone fuses to these posts as you heal, a natural process called osseointegration. The posts become stable roots that hold your dental restorations securely in place. Dental implants are an incredibly versatile treatment that can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch.

What are Mini Implants?


Mini implants are a type of dental implant that is significantly smaller than standard dental implants. These implants, also made from titanium, are approximately the thickness of a toothpick. Similar to standard implants, mini implants also require a surgical procedure to place the posts in your jaw. The posts have a small ball on their ends. Your dental restorations snap into place on these balls and are held in place with elastic O-rings.

The Differences Between Implants and Mini Implants


Both dental implants and mini implants are two options to help replace missing teeth. They work to hold your dental restorations securely in place. However, there are several differences that distinguish the two. During your initial consultation, we can help to determine the best option for you.
•  While both implant options rely on your jawbone for stability and success, dental implants require more bone. Mini implants can be used when you have suffered bone loss, helping to avoid the need for a bone graft.
•  Dental implants are between 3.4 and 5.8 millimeters in thickness. Mini implants are approximately the thickness of a toothpick. Because of this, they can be used in smaller areas and to replace smaller teeth.
•  Mini dental implants can be used as a way to stabilize traditional dentures, preventing them from slipping out of place or falling out. This solution is common in the lower jaw, where traditional dentures are more likely to come loose.
•  Dental implants have abutments, or connectors, that help provide stability for your dental restorations. Your new teeth also screw into place. Mini dental implants do not use abutments. Instead, these implants have balls on the ends onto which your dental restorations snap into place. Elastic O-rings help to hold the teeth in place.
•  Because mini implants are so small, they require less, and less invasive, surgery. Your recovery period is also shorter.
•  Mini implants cost less than dental implants.

Both dental implants and mini dental implants help to provide you with stable dental restorations. Your replacement teeth are held securely in place and will not slip out of place or fall out. Call DFW Oral Surgeons today at (972) 539-1491 to schedule your consultation and find out which option is right for you.

John C. Shillingburg, DDS

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Dr. John Shillingburg is proud to be a native Texan. After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science and from the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio with a doctorate degree in dental science, Dr. Shillingburg completed a general dentistry residency at Fort Carson in Colorado. Read more.

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