Types of Dental Implants: Mini vs. Traditional

We offer two types of dental implants, mini and traditional, at out Farmingdale, NY, office. Both can provide you with a comfortable, stable alternative to traditional dental restorations. Mini implants are cost-effective and require less recovery time, and because of their smaller size are ideal for patients who have experienced bone degeneration. Traditional implants involve a longer recovery period, but provide a long-term solution for patients who desire increased stability and durability. During your evaluation, Drs. Donald Kahn, Angela Ferrari, and Daniel Aldieri will go over the benefits of both types of implants and recommend a treatment plan for you based on your specific needs and goals. 

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Mini Dental Implants

Made of a single, solid screw with a specialized ball-shaped top, mini dental implants are less than three millimeters in diameter, making them roughly half the diameter of a standard dental implant. Due to their smaller size, these types of dental implants are ideal for patients who have experienced bone atrophy and are unable to have a bone graft procedure, or do not want to undergo an additional surgery.

Less invasive than standard implants, mini dental implants can often be restored with a permanent denture during a single appointment.

Additionally, mini implants cost a fraction of the price of traditional dental implants and require less recovery time. Because they are smaller, they do not offer the same level of support as standard implants, making them more suitable for holding restorations such as dentures in place.

The Procedure

After thoroughly anesthetizing the area surrounding the implant location, your dentist will surgically place the implant into the jaw. In some cases, the dentist can even attach a denture during the same appointment. Your dentist can also retrofit and secure older dentures to the mini implants by creating a hollow in the underside of the denture and filling it with a soft reline material, or placing specially designed housings with o-rings over the tops of the implants for a snap-on fit.

Traditional Implants

Traditional implants are comprised of two pieces, an external screw that is inserted into the bone and an internal thread that is used to attach restorations to the implant. Traditional implants are incredibly stable and secure. Although mini dental implants are an excellent, cost-efficient option for restorations such as dentures, traditional dental implants ultimately provide better weight distribution. By putting less stress on the jaw bone, traditional implants offer a longer-term solution. Additionally, the larger surface area supports a stronger bite force and greater stability.

The Procedure

Similar to the mini implant procedure, a local anesthetic will be applied and posts will be surgically placed in the jaw. Unlike smaller implants, traditional implants require up to six months of recovery before a permanent restoration can be placed. During the recovery period, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. If a bone graft procedure is necessary before the implant can be placed, that will also impact how long the entire process takes. Despite the greater time commitment, many patients appreciate the increased stability and longevity offered by traditional dental implants.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about dental implant options and which choice is best for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to rejuvenating and restoring your smile.

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