September 5, 2018
Did you know that an estimated 3 million people in the U.S. have at least one dental implant and around 500,000 new implants are placed each year? With the boom in popularity in recent years, it’s clear that implants are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth. But, aside from the size, what’s the difference between regular implants and mini implants in Falls Church – and why would someone choose one over the other? Learn more below about the key advantages that mini implants offer and how to know which option is right for you!
What Are Mini Implants and What Benefits Do They Offer?
Mini implants are just what they sound like: miniature versions of regular dental implants. They offer many of the same benefits as traditional implants, including:
- A natural look and feel
- Dramatically better chewing power than other replacement options like traditional dentures
- They maintain the bone mass and shape of your jaws, so your facial structure won’t change over time
But, what sets mini implants apart and why would someone choose this option? First, the smaller size makes them perfect for patients whose jaws are too thin or brittle to accommodate regular implants.
They’re also excellent for anchoring complete dentures on either the upper or lower arch, which is typically done with only 2-4 mini implants per arch.
Also, whereas traditional implants require multiple appointments and several months to fully heal, mini implants can usually be done in just one appointment. That means that patients can begin using their new teeth that same day!
What Is the Best Option For You?
If you’re wondering whether you should restore your smile with regular implants or mini implants, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a dentist in Falls Church. They’ll ask you about your goals, evaluate your dental history and take detailed images of your teeth and jaws to determine which option would work the best for you.
And, just like with regular implants, mini implants can last several decades with basic care and maintenance. That means that not only do they look and feel more like your own teeth, they’re also a more permanent, cost-effective option than bridges and traditional dentures.
Regardless of whether you get traditional implants or mini implants, you can look forward to many years of a beautifully restored smile and renewed self-confidence!
About the Author
Dr. Sanae Berrada is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist in Falls Church who has pursued advanced training in implant dentistry at Columbia University in New York. With over 20 years of experience, she’s restored many of her patients’ smiles with both traditional implants and mini implants. If you have any other questions about mini dental implants, she can be contacted via her website or at (703) 821-8111.
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