Okanagan dentists have noticed that dental implants in Kelowna are becoming a more frequent and effective solution for people with missing teeth. Whether you lost them through an accident, contact sport or poor hygiene, this service can help restore your smile and confidence. In some instances, mini implants might be preferable to traditional implants. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Traditional Implants?
Standard implants are usually made of two pieces—an external titanium alloy screw that’s inserted into the bone of your jaw, and an internal thread that’s used to attach replacement teeth, dentures and other prosthesis. Once the bone reforms around the implant, it provides a remarkably secure support for crowns, bridges and partial and complete dentures.
Some of the other benefits of dental implants include:
- A healthy, confident smile
- Natural-feeling and looking teeth
- Improved oral health
- Ability to floss between teeth
- Procedure doesn’t affect surrounding teeth
- Minimally invasive compared to other procedures
The use of implants also helps retain bone that might otherwise be lost with other approaches. This can prevent the need for a denture.
What Are Mini Implants?
As the name suggests, this type of implant is smaller than the standard ones (about half the diameter). They are typically built as a solid one-piece screw with a ball-shaped end that sticks out of the jawbone. The idea is to attach a replacement tooth to the ball with an o-ring. Dentures can also be attached using a mini implant, but they typically require more inserts.
Mini implants are a recommended alternative to traditional implants where the screw is required to fit into a narrow location. They’re also more practical for:
- Small teeth
- Front teeth
- Pre-molars (when molars are present)
- Anchoring lower or upper dentures (complete or partials)
Using mini implants also offers clients a better option for securing dentures than adhesives, which can sometime slip. Many Okanagan denture wearers find this type of anchoring system makes it easier to eat, speak and smile.
Mini implants also have a number of benefits over traditional implants, as they:
- Are less expensive
- Don’t contain an internal screw
- Are less invasive
- Heal faster
- Have shorter procedure times
So given those benefits, wouldn’t it be better to choose mini implants every time? Not necessarily. In many instances, a traditional implant is still the recommended treatment, as it’ll provide a stronger anchor point that’ll stand up better to the stresses of chewing.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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