Mini implants are smaller versions of traditional implants. They’re made from the same titanium alloy materials as regular implants due to their superior biocompatibility with human tissues. Because of their small size, they’re a good option for those with certain dental dilemmas that stand in the way of being viable candidates for standard implants, such as not having enough bone tissue in the jaw. Here’s what else you need to know about mini-implants:
They’re Less Invasive
Because they’re so much smaller, mini-implants are far less invasive than their traditional counterparts. You also won’t need a bone graft in order to have them installed. Mini-implants can also be installed during the course of an office visit rather than drawn out through multiple procedures.
They Involve Less Recovery Time
Mini-implants don’t take as long to recover from as standard implants, which means you’ll be able to return to your normal routine much more quickly. Traditional implants can take months to recover from, but those with standard implants report that their recovery periods are often just a matter of days.
They Require a Certain Amount of Vertical Bone
Even though mini-implants are often used as a solution for those who can’t have the standard type installed due to lack of adequate bone tissue in the jaw area, you’ll still need to have a certain amount of vertical bone in order to be considered a good candidate for mini-implants. Your dentist will be able to perform a comprehensive examination designed to determine whether mini-implants are right for you.
They May Not Last as Long as Standard Implants
Mini-implants are more greatly affected by normal wear and tear than standard varieties, which may mean they’ll need to be replaced at some point. However, as dental technology continues to advance, it’s highly likely that improvements to mini-implants will be a part of the picture soon.
If you’re considering having mini-implants installed, be sure to contact a dentist with experience performing the procedure — since it’s a relatively new technology, training among some dental health professionals may be lacking. Please feel free to contact our office at your convenience to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ward. Dr. Ward is considered an expert on implants and has years of experience with both mini and standard types.