I’m a little worried my dentist is confused. I told him I couldn’t afford dental implants. He suggested I get mini implants, but I heard they’re not a good substitute. Is he wrong or am I?
You’re not wrong, but I’m wondering if you’re confused. I can’t imagine a dentist saying a mini dental implant is a good direct substitute for a traditional sized one. Just looking at the size difference above shows you that it wouldn’t have the strength to hold your implant crown. Eventually, with the force of your bite it would work loose and fail.
You didn’t say if you’re talking about a single dental implant or if you need to replace all of your teeth. If it’s a single implant you need, a dental bridge is a great substitute. If you’re talking about replacing all of your teeth, what mini-implants can do is help stabilize a denture. Even as few as four mini-implants can keep a denture in place. That has quite a few benefits. First, you won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping or falling out. In fact, they protect you from facial collapse.
Mini-Implants and Facial Collapse
When your teeth are removed your body reabsorbs the minerals from your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. That begins a process which slowly shrinks your jawbone until there’s not enough bone there to retain your denture. Traditional dental implants trick your body into thinking you still have teeth roots there and therefore need to keep your jawbone intact. Mini-implants, though smaller, can do the same thing. Obviously the more implants the better, but any little bit helps.
Are Mini-Implants Your Solution?
There are many alternatives for people losing their teeth. Here are just a few:
- Dental Bridge
- Removable Partial Dentures
- Full Denture
- Mini-implants retaining a denture
- Implant Overdentures
- Full Dental Implants
Which solution is right for you depends on your budget and the condition of your teeth and gums. The key is a great dentist with the training and experience you need for your chosen procedure, especially if you choose an implant procedure.
When it comes to surgery, you want to know your dentist has put in all the extra time needed to train and practice. Your chances of a successful outcome go up when your dentist is trained in and regularly performs the surgical part of the implant process.
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