When you have permanently lost one or more teeth due to a dental decay or trauma, generally dental implants are the best way to replace your missing tooth and restore your oral health. Dental implants have become the most effective solution for tooth loss and provide a natural-looking restoration that allows you to eat and speak naturally.
Just like traditional implants, mini implants can also restore the function of your teeth and blend in perfectly with your smile. Discover the differences between mini and traditional implants and see which treatment is the best option for you.
Traditional Implants vs. Mini Implants
Typically, traditional dental implants are used when patients need to replace one or more missing teeth. The implant acts as a tooth root and a crown is later placed on top. They provide a durable solution that can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.
Mini implants are exactly as they sound-- a mini version of regular implants. They generally consist of two smaller titanium screws that are implemented into your jawbone to support your new restoration. Nearly half the diameter of a traditional implant, mini dental implants can be used to support an entire set of lower or upper dentures.
Dr. Houenou can insert anywhere from 4 to 6 mini implants along your gum line, and they will serve as the foundation of your new dentures. So instead of getting just 4 to 6 new replacement teeth, you get an entire row of teeth to replace the ones you’ve lost.
Benefits of Mini Implants
Due to their small size, mini implants can be inserted in narrow spaces that traditional ones can’t fit in. The smaller the size means there is no need to make an incision into your gums so the implant can be inserted. There will be no extended healing period necessary, so you can receive your final restoration sooner than later.
Additionally, if you don’t qualify for regular dental implants, you may have a higher chance with mini implants. If you have lost too much of your bone to support a dental implant, then mini implants are perfect for you. They are also much more affordable than traditional implants which save you money in the long-run.
Choosing Implants with Dr. Houenou
Dental implants are an excellent treatment to restore your smile as well as the function of your teeth. You’ll never have to worry about removing them as you would with traditional dentures, and caring for them is just the same as you do for your natural teeth.
If you’ve been living with gaps in your smile from lost teeth, don’t hesitate to give our Lawrenceville office a call at (770) 962-4322. Our friendly team at Optima Dental focuses on the comfort of our patients while delivering efficient and personalized results.