Mini dental implants offer an alternative to traditional implants and may be a better option for some of our patients. When patients are told they are “not a good candidate” for dental implants, mini dental implants offer a narrow diameter that allows for their use. Mini dental implants can be used for both individual tooth replacement (single missing tooth) or denture stabilization (implant overdenture).
The best way to learn if mini dental implants are right for you is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Baltz or Dr. Rowe at Highpoint Dental Care. During this consultation, our doctors and staff will carefully assess the quality of your bone, structure of your jaw, location of your missing teeth, and other pertinent factors to determine which type of implant treatment will best meet your needs.
If you are missing one tooth or many teeth and would like additional information about how mini dental implants can help you, please call 303-617-9100 and schedule a consultation at Highpoint Dental Care today.
Dental Implants vs. Mini Dental Implants
Generally speaking, dental implants can be one of the best methods to restore missing teeth. After secured into the jaw bone, implants offer an immovable anchor to which restorations such as dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures can be secured. Our doctors are also able to provide complete teeth replacements by attaching a removable denture or non-removable hybrid prosthesis after placing four to six dental implants.
When teeth are removed, the jaw bone quickly resorbs and shrinks away. Dental implants serve to prevent jaw shrinkage and collapse. This benefit is unique to dental implants, making them the first choice for many of our patients. The surface of a dental implant has roughened surfaces and growth factors that allow bone and connective tissue to bond directly to the implant. This process, known as osseointegration, allows implants to act like teeth roots, which further serve to hold dental restorations in place.
Traditional dental implants range in size from 3 mm and higher. While still small, these larger implants offer greater stability for individual tooth replacement that require a large space such as a molar. Mini implants, which are 3 mm or less in diameter, serve as a better option where the bone and teeth are narrow, such as lower incisors. Although traditional implants are utilized for denture stabilization, our doctors can place several mini dental implants for a fraction of the cost of a traditional dental implant. Thus, most traditional implants will be individual replacements, while mini implants will mostly be for denture stabilization.
For placement, a patient must have sufficient bone density in their jaw to support either implant choice. Because bone near the front of the jaw area tends to be more dense, this bone works best for placement of mini implants. In the back areas of the mouth where bone tends to be less dense, traditional implants with a wider diameter tend to be a better option. Dr. Baltz and Dr. Rowe have found very few circumstances where they are unable to place one of these types of implants.
Both mini dental implants and traditional implants offer a remarkably strong and dependable anchor for crowns, bridges, and dentures. When implants integrate, they tend to last for many years and outlast the restorations placed on top of them. Our doctors have placed thousands of implants and can guide your decision with expertise at the highest level of clinical standards and customer service
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At Highpoint Dental Care, we offer both traditional and mini dental implants to better serve everyone in need of tooth replacement. At a dental office where only one type of implant is being placed, you may not be given all of your treatment options. If you are missing one or more teeth, give us a call at 303-617-9100 to schedule a consultation and learn which option is best for you. Located in Aurora, Highpoint Dental Care welcomes patients from all surrounding areas, including Parker, Englewood, Commerce City, and Bennett.