Dental implants have advanced far beyond the conventional ones with which most people are familiar. Mini-implants have given more people options when it comes to finding temporary solutions to missing teeth. If you are considering dental implants, here is some information you need to know so that you can decide between conventional and mini-implants.
What Are Conventional Dental Implants?
Conventional dental implants consist of an external screw that a dental surgeon inserts into your jawbone. An implant is then attached to the screw. The process is considered to be a lifetime solution to dental loss.
Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or several. The implants are constructed from titanium and is considered to bio-compatible so that you do not suffer an allergic reaction to the implants.
What Are Mini-Implants?
Mini-implants are similar to conventional implants because it does involve a need to implant a piece of metal into the jawbone. However, instead of a screw, a ball-shaped ending is inserted into the jawbone.
Once the ending is in place, dentures or a fabricated tooth are attached to it. Mini-implants are typically not a lifetime solution. If you have dentures inserted, they will need to be replaced over time.
Which Is Best for You?
There are several notable differences between conventional implants and mini-implants that can influence which one is the best option for you.
For instance, if you have poor health, conventional implants might not be an option. People with chronic illnesses or who have undergone cancer treatments might not be eligible to receive these implants. You also might not be a candidate if you do not enough bone to hold the implant. However, mini-implants are an option. They do not require as much bone.
Mini-implants might also be an option if you have a limited budget. Since both conventional and mini-implants are considered to be cosmetic procedures, it is possible your insurance company might not pay for them. By getting the mini-implant, you have a temporary solution to dental loss while you save for a more permanent fix.
If you are more concerned with a permanent solution, though, the conventional dental implant is a good option. Unless the implants fail, you do not have to worry about lost teeth again. With proper dental care, you can usually avoid having your implants fail.
To best determine which option is best for you, consult with a local dentist (such as one from Schirmer Dentistry). He or she can assess your dental situation and help you decide if conventional or mini-implants are ideal.