Facing Premature Tooth Loss? What You Need To Know About Full And Mini Implants

6 April 2017
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


If you're facing premature tooth loss, it's time to consider your options for replacement teeth, which are dentures, bridges, and dental implants. If you're looking for a permanent replacement solution, your best options are dental implants. When discussing dental implants, it's important to understand that there are two different types of implants – full implants and mini implants. Each type of implant is used to correct different types of tooth loss. Here's some information that will help you understand the differences between full implants and mini implants.

Full Implants

If you're going to be losing only one or two permanent teeth, your dentist will probably recommend full implants. Full implants use a wider, stronger stabilizer post, which is ideal for individual artificial teeth, since you'll need more stability to secure them. Full implants usually last longer than mini implants because the weight is evenly distributed across the jaw, which means that less pressure is placed on your implants when you chew. Because full implants require multiple steps to complete, the procedure usually requires several office visits to complete. It's important to note that temporary crowns will be placed on the implant posts during the initial healing process. That will ensure that you're not without teeth while you're waiting.

Mini Implants

If you're looking at the loss of all your teeth, your dentist may recommend mini implants. Mini implants include a narrow stabilizer post, which allows them to be used as a base for whole-mouth implants, or semi-permanent dentures. In some cases, one mini implant can be surgically implanted into each quadrant of the mouth, creating a foundation for attachment of entire sets of artificial teeth. If you suffer from substantial bone loss, due to health issues, or advanced gum disease, mini implants may be best for you. This is because mini implants require less bone density for implantation. However, if bone loss is a concern, your dentist may provide you with a bone graft prior to implantation.

Mini implants also provide a shorter recovery period because a smaller incision can be made when implanting the posts. This also means that the procedure can usually be conducted in just one visit, which means you won't have to wait to have your artificial teeth attached to the posts.

If you're considering dental implants, you need to speak to a dentist, such as Martin S. Spiller DMD, about the options that are available to you. Both full and mini implants will provide a more natural look for your replacement teeth.