Address Tooth Loss with Mini or Traditional Dental Implants By Joseph Perry, DDS on November 28, 2015

Dental implants being used to anchor a full set of denturesWhen tooth loss occurs, it is important to restore the strength and integrity of the smile by replacing missing teeth with secure restorations. The restorative dental treatment that is most likely to give patients the comfort, security, and convenience that they desire is dental implants. Dental implants replace not only the crown of a missing tooth, but the roots as well, making it the most technologically advanced treatment for tooth loss. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for traditional dental implants. However, these patients may be well suited for mini dental implants, which securely anchor dental restorations, while using titanium screws that are smaller in diameter than traditional implants. Dr. Joseph Perry is highly experienced in dental implant treatment and can provide information about mini dental implants vs. traditional implants to his San Antonio, TX patients, so that they can decide which option is best for them.

Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implant treatment involves the surgical placement of small titanium screws. These screws fuse with the jawbone over time so that they offer the ultimate level of support for dental restorations such as dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Traditional dental implants offer many benefits to patients (security, comfort, ease of care, durability, etc.), but there are some drawbacks as well. Traditional dental implants require a minimum of two to three procedures, each of which requires a few months of healing in between. This results in a lengthy and costly treatment process for patients. Additionally, traditional dental implants require that patients have a significant amount of jawbone density, something that excludes many patients from being ideal candidates for treatment.

Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants offer the same comfort, security, durability, and ease of care that is provided by traditional dental implants. However, they address many of the drawbacks of traditional treatment. Mini dental implants use titanium screws that are even smaller in diameter than traditional implants. As a result, patients with less bone density, who may not be ideal candidates for traditional dental implants, are likely to be suitable candidates for mini dental implants. Mini dental implants can also be placed and restored in just a single day, cutting back significantly on the length and cost of treatment. For all of these reasons, mini dental implants may be the ideal treatment option for patients who are looking for a faster, more affordable option than traditional implants or those who are not candidates for traditional dental implants.

Which Is Right for Me?

A consultation with Dr. Perry is the best way to determine whether a patient is an ideal candidate for either traditional or mini dental implants. A number of factors will be taken into consideration, including the severity of tooth loss, the type of restoration that is being placed, the structure of the jaw bone, and the personal needs and preferences of the patient. Dr. Perry will discuss all of these factors in further detail to help patients determine which treatment option is right for them.

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If you have experienced tooth loss, dental implants may be the right solution for restoring the strength, function, and beauty of your smile. Contact us to learn more about this revolutionary restorative dental treatment and find out if traditional or mini dental implants may be able to give you back the healthy, beautiful smile that you desire. 

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