There are plenty of options for patients seeking to restore their smiles. For many years, dentures and dental implants have helped improve oral health, and the recent inclusion of mini dental implants increases the range of conditions they can treat.
What are Mini Implants?
The mini implant is referred to by several other names in the industry, including the abbreviated MDI, small diameter implants (SDI), and narrow body implants (NBI). This prosthetic is composed of a one titanium post, less than 3 millimeters in diameter, that is inserted into the jawbone where the original tooth once was. It works in the same manner as a natural tooth root. The implant secures the crown or denture in place. The best scenario for using the mini implant is when the tooth is smaller and the area is narrow: incisors, front teeth, or pre-molars.
Situations that Benefit from MDIs
Mini dental implants can be a good alternative to conventional implants in particular circumstances. Those with bone degeneration are better suited for mini implants since the larger, conventional implants need more bone volume. Some other patients like this option because the procedure is less expensive and invasive. Typically, the procedure for putting in mini implants will take one to two hours, is done under a local anesthetic, and has a full recovery time of only a few days.
When an Alternative Option is Better
While the mini implant option is a less expensive procedure, there are many reasons dentists and their clients prefer the conventional implant. Because conventional implants have two separate pieces to support the restoration, it is possible to replace just the crown rather than the entire prosthetic.
Conventional implants have a greater surface area to allow for stronger chewing and stability. Those who suffer from teeth grinding benefit from this sturdier option to prevent excessive wear on the implant. Additionally, if bone density is a concern, you may still be able to get standard implants by way of a preparatory bone grafting. This procedure rebuilds and strengthens the jawbone, which helps keep the implant from failing.
For more information on what type of dental implant might be right for you, contact Frost Dental Group in Rutherford to set up a consult today!