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Mini Dental Implants: What Are They?

Sunday, July 28, 2013 @ 12:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement option that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For decades, many patients all around the world have benefited from this groundbreaking tooth replacement solution. However, since their inception, dental implants have evolved. Now, there are conventional dental implants as well as mini dental implants. So, what is the difference?

The main difference between conventional dental implants and mini dental implants is the size. Conventional dental implants are equal to or larger than three millimeters in diameter. Mini dental implants are less than three millimeters in diameter. Both are attached to the jawbone through surgery, however, mini dental implants have a special coating of osseon that helps them to fuse to bone more quickly. This translates into quicker healing times. In fact, mini dental implants can heal within two to three weeks from the first appointment. And, mini dental implants cost significantly less than conventional implants.

Mini dental implants can be used to for full, partial or single tooth replacement. However, mini dental implants are not right for everyone. Your dentist or oral surgeon is the best person to advise you on the best tooth replacement system to meet your needs and your long-term dental health.

If you are currently wearing dentures and are looking for a more comfortable, natural solution to missing teeth, or if you are missing teeth and have not yet chosen a tooth replacement option, talk to your dentist today about dental implants. You will be glad you did!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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