Dental implants have quickly become a popular choice for restoring smiles when teeth are missing. However, not everyone is a candidate for this tooth-replacement option. When standard dental implants are not possible, mini implants could be the solution. Dental mini implants are available at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, where Dr. Chris Houser can help restore your smile.
Mini Implants vs. Dental Implants
Mini implants are a smaller version of standard dental implants. Like full-size implants, mini implants are made of titanium and resemble screws. One difference between the two types of implants is that more bone tissue is needed to support the placement of standard implants since they are bigger. Patients without enough bone tissue might not be candidates for full-size dental implants.
Another difference between the two types of implants is how prosthetic teeth are attached to each one. An additional piece called an abutment is required to connect replacement teeth to standard dental implants. Mini implants have a ball on the end for attaching dental crowns or other types of prosthetic teeth so no abutment is needed.
Benefits of Mini Implants
Mini implants offer several benefits as a tooth replacement method. One of the most exciting benefits is that patients who are not candidates for standard dental implants due to insufficient bone tissue can still enjoy the security and stability they offer with the mini version. Less bone tissue is needed to anchor mini implants in place, which also means that the surgical procedure for placing them is less invasive. It also takes less time to place mini implants than it does the standard ones.
Although they are smaller than standard implants, mini implants can still offer many of the same benefits. For example, they are versatile and can be used in conjunction with dental crowns, dentures, or temporary bridges. They can also help preserve bone tissue that would otherwise deteriorate following tooth loss.
Another benefit of mini implants is that they tend to be more affordable than standard dental implants so they could potentially be an option for patients whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from having implants. The skilled dentist at our office in Gainesville, VA, can help you decide if dental mini implants are the right tooth-replacement choice for you.
If you are not a candidate for standard dental implants, mini implants could be the solution to restoring your smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Houser to learn more about dental mini implants by calling Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, at (703) 754-5800.