The Benefits of Mini Dental Implants

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re not alone. As a restorative and cosmetic dentist in McKinney, Texas, Dr. Lawrence and our McKinney Smiles team often work with patients looking for tooth replacement options, including mini dental implants. Wondering if mini dental implants are right for you? In this blog post, we’ll describe what they are and the benefits they can offer compared to standard implants.

What are mini dental implants?

One of the most popular options for replacing missing teeth, dental implants come in a variety of different sizes and heights, with mini dental implants being the smallest available. Compared to standard dental implants, mini dental implants are designed with a reduced diameter (roughly that of a pencil lead) and are shorter in length. They’re also made with the same biocompatible material as standard implants.

Reasons to use mini dental implants 

There are two main reasons why Dr. Lawrence considers mini dental implants for a patient. First, to help stabilize loose dentures, preventing them from slipping while speaking and eating. The other is when there’s limited jawbone available due to bone loss. That said, there are other techniques that Dr. Lawrence can use to restore your natural jawline and provide a sturdy foundation for implant-supported teeth.

What are the benefits?

There are a variety of benefits to using mini dental implants, especially when you don’t have sufficient bone to be approved for a regular dental implant. In that case, a mini dental implant may work because it can fit into an area where a standard sized dental implant doesn’t.

Another benefit is that dental implants not only act like natural teeth, but they also look like natural teeth. This helps recipients feel more comfortable and confident when they smile.

Along with being a natural-looking tooth replacement option, dental implants also promote bone health by stimulating the jawbone. They also help patients avoid the appearance of a sunken face, which can happen with traditional dentures.

Also, the process of placing mini dental implants can be done in only one trip to the dentist office. This is much quicker and easier compared to the process for placing regular-sized dental implants.

And, finally, once a mini dental implant is placed, it’s permanent. This is great for folks who want the ease of caring for their implants just like they do their natural teeth.

We’re here to help

Considering mini dental implants in the McKinney, Texas area? Contact our dental office today at 972-542-8400 with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence.