We have heard of dental implants as the gold standard for tooth replacement. It is a permanent, fixed, and the best tooth replacement procedure that gives its user the most natural-looking teeth. Now, there is a new version of these dental wonders, the mini dental implants. What are these and how are they different from their regular counterparts?
Mini dental implants: What are these dental devices?
Before knowing the facts about mini dental implants, let us review some information about regular dental implants. The parts of a conventional implant include an implant (the screw-like titanium post that attaches to the jaw), the abutment or connector, and the crown or the false tooth. The implant is surgically inserted to the jaw to act as the foundation of the artificial tooth.
Mini dental implants are literally the smaller version of the regular dental implants we know. While regular dental implants typically have a diameter of 3.4 mm to 5.8 mm, mini dental implants measure at about 1.8 mm to 3.3 mm in diameter. They both aim to be permanent and fixed restorative procedures for teeth replacement. These implants work best if used for replacement of the front or premolar teeth.
Mini dental implants: How are they different from regular dental implants?
First, mini dental implants differ from the regular version in terms of structure. This new version of dental implants has a titanium post with a ball-like tip on its end that holds the crown. These one-piece implants no longer need an abutment or connector as the crown or denture sticks to the ball tip automatically.
Second, while a conventional implant can hold a tooth on its own, dental experts use 2 or 3 mini dental implants to support a large-sized tooth. This procedure may sound bad, but there are some patients who have smaller gum spaces that need smaller implants to accommodate the replacement.
Third, the placement of these mini dental implants is faster than the regular implants. Since they are smaller, the dentist uses a less invasive procedure to insert them into the jawbone compared to the surgery done for regular dental implants.
Fourth, its use as a permanent tooth replacement is only secondary. Because the structure of mini dental implants is sturdy enough to only support small teeth like our incisors or front teeth, its primary use so far is to act as an anchorage for unstable dentures or other orthodontic treatments. Using this smaller version of dental implants as a tooth replacement procedure for molars poses more hazards or risks when it comes to breakage or fracture as time passes.
Mini dental implants: How do we take care of them?
Caring for these dental implants requires the same amount of cleaning and attention as with your regular dental implants. Maintain proper oral hygiene by flossing daily and brushing twice a day using an active fluoride toothpaste. Dentists advise the avoidance of foods that may stick to the teeth or break them to ensure long-lasting efficiency of your mini dental implants.