Many patients visit our Tampa dental office to discuss treatment options for missing teeth. Dental implants are an excellent option for single or multiple tooth replacement, offering a natural-looking option that provides the comfort and function of a normal tooth. While the expense and complexity of dental implants has been prohibitive for some patients, mini dental implants have proven to be a great option for many who suffer tooth loss.
An implant is basically a titanium screw that fuses into the jawbone. Titanium has proven to be extremely compatible with bone and strong enough to support a single tooth or a full denture supported by multiple implants. Titanium implants have many advantages. They are not subject to decay and when placed, they preserve natural bone structure, so facial shape is not compromised and no bone loss occurs, as does with missing teeth. The downside of traditional implants is expense, as well as the lengthy healing period, which can take up to six months.
Mini dental implants offer a new implant option that resolves many of the drawbacks of traditional implants. Placed as one piece, mini dental implants can usually be done in one visit. Mini dental implants are placed in a gentler and quicker process than compared to the multiple steps for traditional implants. In most cases, mini dental implants cost less than traditional dental implants.
Both traditional implants and mini implants have limitations. Mini dental implants may not be an option where there is bone loss or insufficient vertical bone to support them.
Traditional and mini dental implants can provide a great solution for cosmetic and medical issues relating to tooth loss. The experienced team at Weninger Dentistry is ready to assist you in determining your best option to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.