Comparing Dental Implants Traditional vs Mini Implants
The prosthetic teeth, dental implants, will help you get your smile back within a few months, but there are two types of dental implants available: the traditional and the mini dental implants. Keep reading to check out the major differences between the two.
Are you struggling with missing teeth and you are embarrassed to talk or smile in public? Perhaps your teeth are so badly decayed that they cannot be even saved anymore? The best solution is represented by the dental implants.
About traditional dental implants
The traditional dental implants are made up of a special titanium part which will be fitted into the jaw bone. The dentist will allow the implant to fuse with the bone for several weeks or even months. It is extremely important for the osseointegration to take part correctly, otherwise your dental implants might be a failure.
Fitting traditional dental implants is a more complex procedure, and for people with weak jaw bone density, bone grafting is suggested. Depending on the complexity of the side treatments needed, the time needed for healing will increase.
In order to insert traditional dental implants, dentists will need to make a small incision into the gum line. The screw is fixed into the jawbone, and only a few weeks/months later, when the jawbone has healed and recovered, the crown can be loaded.
The traditional dental implants will help you get teeth which look and behave like your natural teeth. They are strong, and they are permanent, and even if you have to go through some “struggle” until everything is healed nicely, it is definitely worth the effort. A traditional dental implant is also quite costly, and it can reach even $4,500 per tooth.
About the mini dental implants
The mini dental implants come with an extremely thin screw, and they can be fitted much easier into the jawbone. There is no incision needed, because the implants are so thin they can easily puncture the gumline.
Dentists opt for mini dental implants especially in the case of patients with a need to replace front teeth, or teeth which are located in an extremely narrow area (the dentist does not have good access to the gumline), or for replacing premolars. Mini dental implants require less healing time, and they are also much cheaper than the traditional ones.
The differences between dental implants and mini dental implants
- mini dental implants are much thinner. A traditional dental implant has a diameter of about 4 to 6mm, while a mini dental implant has only 1.8 to 2.9mm.
- mini dental implants are perfectly suitable for patients with massive jaw bone loss. There is no bone grafting needed, and the mini dental implants can be fitted without problems
- mini dental implants have an extremely narrow structure, which is why they can be fitted so easily without surgery. This fact does not make them less durable. The traditional dental implant is much more “massive”, being made up of three parts: the titanium screw, the abutment and the crown. The mini dental implant is an all-in-one compact device.
- mini dental implants represent a minimal invasive procedure many times suitable even for patients with underlying health conditions, who would not support a more complex procedure.