Mini Dental Implants Pros and Cons | NYC Periodontist
If you have been investigating the possibility of having dental implants then you might have come across mini dental implants. So what are mini implants and when should they be used?
What Are Mini Dental Implant?
Mini dental implant differ from normal or traditional dental implant as they are considerably smaller. Although the implant post is about the same length in both systems, the actual diameter of a mini dental implant is much narrower. Both types of dental implant are made from the highest quality medical grade titanium alloy, but mini dental implant tend to be constructed so the implant post and the abutment are one solid piece. This is different from conventional dental implants where the abutment is a separate structure that screws into the implant post. A dental implant dentist might suggest you think about having mini dental implants in certain situations.
When Mini Dental Implants Can Be Appropriate
Most times, good dental implant dentist such as Dr. Navid Rahmani of Contemporary Periodontics & Implant Surgery is more likely to suggest conventional sized dental implants. This is because the larger size increases the surface area of the implant post, providing greater opportunity for the post to fully integrate with the surrounding bone.
However the smaller size of mini dental implant can make it a very good choice for situations where space is tight and a good example would be a small front tooth such as a lower incisor. These teeth can sometimes be so small that it would be impossible to comfortably fit a normal-sized dental implant into the gap. Using a mini dental implant allows the tooth to be comfortably restored.
Another situation where mini dental implants can be a more appropriate choice of treatment is when securing a loose denture, particularly partial dentures. In this case the mini dental implant will have special attachments that will fit onto the corresponding attachments on the fitting surface of the denture. One of the nice things about this type of treatment is that often the dentures can be fitted in place soon after the dental implants have been inserted into the jaw.
Other Advantages of Choosing Mini Implants
The surgery required to insert mini dental implants is less invasive than traditional implant surgery. With a traditional dental implant, Dr. Rahmani needs to make a small incision into the gum tissue, exposing the bone so the implant can be placed, but with a mini dental implant this isn’t necessary. Instead the implant post can be inserted straight through the gum tissue and into the bone. It’s easy to see the advantage of this type of treatment as healing will be faster and there should be fewer side-effects. Both types of treatments are meticulously planned using the latest computer guided surgery.
When you visit Dr. Rahmani then you can be sure he will always recommend the best and most long-lasting solution to replace any missing teeth. One major concern of many people is being left without teeth during implant treatment. This shouldn’t happen as it is always possible to make sure you are supplied with at least temporary teeth to wear for the duration of treatment so you can eat and smile in comfort.