Knowing what type of dental implant is right for you can be difficult if you are unaware of the differences between regular dental implants and mini dental implants. At Gerald F. Mitchell, DMD, informing Louisville, KY patients about different treatment types that will help them to make the best decision possible regarding their oral and dental health. Therefore, Dr. Mitchell offers some information on the differences between dental implants:
First, mini dental implants or MDIs are smaller in diameter than regular dental implants, which are sometimes referred to as standard or conventional implants. The smaller diameter allows the MDIs to be successful in patients with thin bone. Traditional implants require bone grafts prior to implantation if the jawbone is not thick enough, but for some patients, health concerns may not allow for the bon grafting procedure. Mini dental implants have significantly cut the need for grafts.
Second, MDIs are made of one piece, meaning part of the implant is in the bone, and part protrudes through the gums and into the mouth. Standard dental implants are typically made of two separate pieces, the reason for this being that the bone usually needs to heal before the implant can be used. The first piece is implanted in the bone, and after healing, the second piece, called an abutment, can be attached to the implant, after which the tooth or denture can be adhered.
Third, traditional dental implants are most often used to replace a single tooth or for replacing a bridge or full dentures. They are also often used to hold removable dentures in place. On the other hand, mini dental implants have been found to be much more effective in holding a single replacement tooth or a partial bridge in place.
Last, incisions are not required with mini dental implants and there are no stitches to be removed at a later stage. Traditional dentures require more invasive procedures and can lead to downtime.
Depending on individual tooth ailments, patients may require traditional implants as opposed to mini dental implants, but no matter which implant is used, either will help Louisville, KY patients to achieve a beautiful smile. To find out more about these two dental implant procedures, contact Gerald F. Mitchell, DMD today!