Sometimes size does make a difference, but bigger is not always better. We know this is true in restorative dentistry.
Mini implants have made it possible for more patients than ever to enjoy the security and stability that come with dental implants. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or support a full set of dentures, mini implants may be the right choice for you.
We offer both traditional and mini implants at Dr. Tab A. Boyle’s dentist office in Lancaster, CA. By coming in for a consultation, we can help you determine which is the right option for you.
➡ Mini implants can do what other dental implants can do.
This may seem simple, but it’s important for you to know.
Mini implants are meant to do the same things that traditional dental implants do … and they can.
You can get a series of mini implants to hold your dentures in place. A couple mini implants may be the best way to secure a dental bridge, and a single mini implant can support a dental crown to fill the gap created by a lost or extracted tooth.
With mini implants, your smile can look natural and whole once again. Your mini implants also can restore the function of your lost teeth. You can eat the foods that you want to eat, and you won’t need to use any denture adhesive.
➡ Mini implants can fit when other dental implants won’t.
Modern dental implants were developed in the 1960s. They worked great then, and they still work great now as long as you have enough bone to support them.
When you lose a tooth, particularly in your lower jaw, you start losing tissue in your jawbone. The longer you wait to replace it and the more teeth you lose, the more your jawbone shrinks.
The irony is the getting dental implants can prevent this very thing. You just have to have enough bone tissue left to support the implants.
The development of mini implants meant you could still get implants even if you didn’t have enough bone for full-sized ones.
The whole point of mini implants is that they are smaller. That means you don’t need as much bone to keep them secure, and once you have them, they will help prevent additional bone loss.
Now, there was a way to address this issue before mini implants, which leads us to our next point.
➡ Mini implants can save you time.
This is true for more than one reason, but we’ll start with what we alluded to above.
Before mini implants, someone who was missing a lot of bone tissue first had to have a bone graft before he or she could support dental implants. A bone graft is basically a bone tissue transplant.
This tissue can come from a variety of places. Regardless, it must first be placed in your mouth. This requires a surgical procedure to put the transplanted tissue next to your jaw.
It could take months to heal from this procedure. During this time, the existing bone tissue and the new tissue would grow together to form a solid jawbone that could support traditional implants.
Then, you would undergo a separate procedure to have your implants placed. That could lead to more months of healing before you were ready for your teeth replacements.
Mini implants eliminate the need for a bone graft in many cases. And since the mini implants are smaller, your body can recover faster than it would with traditional implants.
And that can help you enjoy your replacement teeth in much less time.
Are Mini Implants Right For You?
We have seen what mini implants have done for so many of our patients already. We know that mini implants can be comparably as effective as traditional implants.
We also know that mini implants can help you complete your teeth replacement sooner (and maybe save you the expense of a bone graft procedure as well).
But are they right for you? To find out, make plans to visit with Dr. Boyle. This will give him a chance to examine your mouth and jaw and discuss what options are available to you. Contact our Lancaster dentist office online or call 661-524-8457.