Dental Implants: Pros and Cons

Are mini dental implants right for you?

by Brett Clark

Everybody wants to have that perfect smile. It can make you feel more confident in absolutely every facet of your life, from the boardroom to your dating life. And so when a teeth falls out or you need a rotten tooth replaced, it can be a good idea to consult with a cosmetic dentist and have that work done sooner rather than later.

But with so many cosmetic dentistry options out there, it can be difficult to know which kind of dental solution would be best for you. This article goes will take you through everything you need to know about mini dental implants, a form of cosmetic dentistry that is growing in popularity at an extraordinary rate, so that you can make a more informed decision.

What is a mini dental implant?

First thing's first, you probably want to know what a mini dental implant is and how it differs from a regular dental implant. As you would probably expect, mini implants are smaller, but in many instances, this means that two implants are needed instead of one. They are also inserted differently into the mouth.

So why choose a mini dental implant?

It is no coincidence that mini dental implants have grown in popularity – it's because they have many attractive features. First of all, for people who are scared about invasive dental surgeries, the mini dental implant is far less invasive. For standard implants, complex flap surgery is often required (which involves cutting and elevating a piece of the gum), but with mini implants this is not necessary. As well as helping to ease the minds of patients who are scared of invasive surgeries, the recovery time will also be quicker with a flapless technique.

Mini dental implants can also be a fantastic solution for older patients who find that dentures are wearing away at their gum tissue but can't quite handle the extreme of going for full sized implants.

Are there any downsides to mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants do require a small amount of bone for the implant to hook into, and this means that if you have experienced significant bone loss in your mouth, dentures might be a more suitable option. You should also be aware that while mini implants are cheaper than regular dental implants, they take up less space so you might actually need two instead of one. For this reason, mini dental implants are probably more suited to patients who need small areas of tooth replaced.