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Dental Implants vs Mini Implants


Dental implants have long been the go-to solution for people missing one or more teeth. They provide a permanent and reliable restoration that looks, functions, and feels natural in the mouth. But what if you're faced with even smaller spaces? While dental implants may seem difficult to fill these smaller areas, there is another viable option - mini implants.

At Alder Dental, our professionals can help you make an informed decision when recommending either option.

What Are Mini Implants?


Mini dental implants are an increasingly popular dental technology. They provide a secure, cost-effective, and minimally invasive way to get a full set of teeth for adults that are missing teeth due to various medical conditions such as gum disease or injury.

Mini implants are much smaller than traditional dental implants, measuring only two to three millimeters in diameter and length. They typically act as anchoring points for dentures, bridges, and other prosthetic devices. The small size of the mini implants makes them particularly suitable for patients with limited jaw space who cannot support traditional dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are a reliable and secure way to replace missing or damaged teeth. They are artificial roots constructed from titanium, which are then surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implant becomes a stable base for the replacement tooth and can securely hold a crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants often provide improved stability and comfort over traditional replacements and a better look and feel than conventional treatments.

Additionally, dental implants can often last 10 to 20 years with proper maintenance and care due to their durable and long-lasting nature.

Dental Implants vs Mini Implants


Dental implants and mini implants replace missing teeth and provide a permanent solution for tooth loss. However, there are some key differences between the two types of implants.

Dental Implants


•  Are traditional, full-sized implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone.
•  Require a longer healing period after the procedure, typically several months.
•  Provide a strong, stable foundation for permanent teeth replacements such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Mini Implants


•  Are smaller in size and often used in more limited or narrow jawbone situations.
•  Require a shorter healing period after the procedure, often just a few weeks.
•  Provide a less invasive and more affordable option for patients with limited jawbone or those seeking a temporary solution.

Both dental implants and mini implants have their advantages and limitations. According to Dr. Brian Alder, the best option for a particular patient depends on several factors, such as the location and extent of tooth loss, the quality and quantity of jawbone, and the patient's overall health and goals. At Alder Dental, our skilled dental professionals can help determine the best solution for each case.

Schedule a Consultation Today


Dental implants and mini dental implants are both great options for those with missing teeth. They are each unique in their way and have different benefits. To schedule a consultation at Alder Dental, call us at (360) 831-0831 today.


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