Dental Implants vs Mini Dental Implants in Mesa, AZ
Dental Implants Vs Mini Dental Implants Mesa – Image of Dental Implant Mesa AZ Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons, and there are many options to replace them. Patients weighing their options may look into implants as a viable alternative. Two options for implant procedures are the traditional dental implants and mini dental implants. The two procedures are very similar. Both are options to replace the roots of the teeth for preservation of bone tissue in the jaw. Both are titanium rods inserted into the jaw to provide a foundation for fixed teeth made to match the natural teeth. Both procedures create long-lasting permanently placed restorations.
They differ in some areas. One difference is the process for the traditional implants is to place a small titanium post into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The patient is numbed and sedation is available if desired. They will need to wait until the bone has grown around the titanium post to secure it in place permanently. This usually takes about six to twelve weeks. Then a connector called an abutment is attached to the post to make it ready for a crown. The dentist makes the crown to match the color and the bite of the existing teeth.
The mini dental implants are slightly different. The titanium posts are smaller – only three millimeters in diameter. The patient only needs local anesthetic. The crown and any other restorations can immediately be cemented in place during the one-hour appointment. The patient is free to eat right away. There is no need for any bone grafting – a possibility with traditional implants – and no extended healing time. Only one surgery is required, so there is a lower chance of complications. As this procedure typically needs only one appointment, the mini implants are much more affordable.
Dr. Edward R. Fritz of New Health Dental in Mesa, AZ is happy to help his patients restore their smiles. Contact our office for a consultation to find which procedure is the best for you!