Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Explains Uses for Mini Dental Implants

Written by Dr. Lin on Oct 8, 2013

Dental implants get a lot of attention lately, but mini dental implants offered by the Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist are not as well-known. Both are useful, but mini dental implants have a specific purpose and may offer a better option in your situation.

A dental implant functions as a replacement tooth. Once the titanium root of the dental implant is placed, the surrounding bone and tissue in your jaw grows around it. The dental implant will be finished with a crown or other dental appliance to create a replacement tooth.

A mini dental implant (MDI) is a smaller version of the dental implant. The structure of the mini dental implant is the same as that of the regular dental implant. But because of their size, MDIs are easier to implant surgically into the bone. The procedure for placing mini dental implants is usually accomplished in one appointment.

Your Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist is the only person who can decide if using a mini dental implant is the right approach for your situation. In general, here are a few benefits of choosing an MDI:

  • Placement in One Appointment – Mini dental implants are smaller and cause less trauma to the jaw bone when they are implanted. Since the healing time is drastically reduced, you don’t have to wait for months for the surgical site to heal. The entire procedure, including the final restoration, can be done in one appointment.
  • Protect Your Healthy Teeth – Losing a tooth had a negative effect on overall oral health, causing deterioration of your jawbone. Mini dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, preventing bone loss. Because they maintain the structure of a natural tooth, mini dental implants support surrounding teeth.
  • Versatility – With the development of the mini dental implant it is now possible for your dentist to replace missing teeth in cases that were previously impossible such as small teeth and incisors. MDIs are also effective in anchoring dentures. If you’ve been told your jaw bone lacks sufficient density to support a traditional implant, mini dental implants may be a viable alternative.
  • Cost – Mini dental implants are less expensive to place than conventional dental implants, making them a great option for a wide variety of patients.

If you’re interested in getting more information about mini dental implants, please contact our office. We are happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your situation and determine if this is the best choice for you.