Mini implants are a type of dental implant that has many advantages over regular implants but cannot be used for every situation. Mini dental implants look different than regular implants, they are smaller and the design is different. They are smaller as their name implies being generally between 10 and 18mm lengths. Mini-implants have a ball at the top of what looks like a screw. This design is different than regular implants but makes them a perfect solution for dentures stabilization.
Mini implants have been used since 1999, when they were first introduced, mainly for implant supported dentures. These new implants solved many of the problems associated with using implants for dentures. Several implants must be used for supporting dentures and with traditional dentures this could become quite expensive. Since mini-implants are cheaper this became a major advantage. Mini-implants are also much easier to place than regular implants and also require less healing time, making it easier to get all the work you need done quickly.
Mini implants are not for everyone. While they have been used for dentures with great success they are not ideally suited for single tooth implants or bridges. This, however, is starting to change. More and more dentists are using mini-implants for single tooth implants but regular implants still work best for these situations. Another big advantage of mini-implants for dentures is that you can retro-fit old dentures to work with mini-implants, whereas this is not possible for regular implants.
The best thing to do if you are interested in mini implants is to have a dental implant consultation. This helps estimate your particular situation and what is needed to help you restore your teeth and smile. After a personal treatment plan is made, you can then plan the dental implant financing of your reconstruction since you know what the dental implant cost will be. If you are interested in dental implants and would like to schedule a free dental implant consultation with Atlanta Implant Dentist, Dr. Mark Padolsky, call 404-874-7428 for your appointment.