Dental Implants vs Mini Dental Implants

If you are interested in implants to improve your smile, you might be wondering how dental implants vs mini dental implants stack up. Buffalo implant dentist Dr. Teach explains in this video.


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I want to take this opportunity to help clarify the difference between the conventional and mini dental implants. A conventional dental implant usually has a diameter greater than three millimeters and a mini dental implant has a diameter less than three millimeters. A lot of times, to replace natural teeth, we like to use a conventional dental implant because the size of the implant. The part of the implant that’s going to go into the jaw and replace that root form is more realistic to the size of the actual natural root that is lost. It is more of a robust prosthetic attachment that we can then fixate a tooth to get you back to normal function.

Certain circumstances in dentistry may require a mini dental implant, for instance a missing lower incisor. A very small amount of space might be needed there to only be able to fixate a mini dental implant in that area, but for the majority of the time, a mini dental implant – and for my practice purposes – will be used to either fixate a denture or place in the jaw for a source of anchorage to help an orthodontist with any type of tooth movement or future orthodontic treatment for a younger patient.

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If you have questions about dental implants vs mini dental implants, contact Teach Dental Group today for a free consultation. We’ve been creating beautiful smiles for Western New York residents for over 40 years. Let our experience work for you.