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Should I opt for lower cost mini dental implants?

dental-implants-miniMany patients who are researching dental implants find options for what appears as a lower cost, less invasive procedure; mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants (also available here at Lifetime Teeth Today) are custom-made prosthetic devices that can be placed very fast and with minimal pain. Dr. Ronald Trevisani may use mini implants to secure wobbly dentures based on the needs and desires of the patient. These implants can be easily placed in locations where regular dental implants cannot be placed.

However, mini implants have their drawbacks, and should be carefully considered prior to placement.   Mini dental implants are not nearly as sturdy as full size implants, and are normally placed for partial dentures or small teeth.  Also, mini implants are single pieces; once placed, these implants cannot be adjusted to correct the angle of the implant.  This limits the surgeon’s options for optimal placement, further compromising strength and longevity.  It is not unusual to find cases where mini implants have bent or failed.

Titanium tooth implants are the same concept as titanium pins in any other part of the body such as knee and hip replacements.  If smaller pins or components are used, they are not able to hold up to the same forces.  The jaw is s very strong muscle capable of exerting considerable  force.  Dentures as a comparison only accommodate 20% of normal bite force; that is one of the reasons the diet is so restricted.  Full sized dental implants accommodate 90% of normal bite force, restoring most of your favorite foods.  Obviously, the smaller the implant, the less force can be accommodated.  For this reason, mini dental implants are considered by many to be more cosmetic in nature.

Our goal has always been to restore you as close as possible to the experience have having your original, natural teeth. For normal restoration of missing teeth, we prefer to use larger implants; and the cost is the same, so we prefer the strongest most long-lasting options.  Full-sized dental implants are more effective in a majority of restorative procedures and are much stronger than their “mini” counterparts. Mini dental implants can only be used in certain cases. As always, you should consult with an experienced oral surgeon.

Dr. Trevisani is board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He will be happy to meet with you for an initial consultation to evaluate your needs and recommend the best treatment options.