Mini Dental Implants – Common Myths Debunked

dental implant mythsIf you are considering getting dental implants, then you may have heard that there is more than one type of dental implant. Besides the regular or traditional implants, some dentists occasionally recommend that patients get mini dental implant placement. But what exactly are these mini implants? How do they differ from normal implants, and when would they be considered a good option?
The following are some myths about mini dental implants to help you gain better understanding of how they work.
Myth #1: If you are not a good candidate for regular dental implants, you should also not receive mini implants.
On the contrary, mini dental implants are usually recommended in cases where traditional dental implants cannot be fitted, and they deliver great results. For instance, patients with substantial bone loss cannot sufficiently support large implants to anchor a full plate. Instead, multiple mini implants can be placed to provide a strong structure that distributes the weight evenly among 4 – 6 mini implants (as opposed to 2 normal implants).

Myth #2: The recovery time for all kinds of implants is very long.

Unlike regular implants that require surgery, incision, stitching, and 4-6 months of recovery, mini implants are less traumatic and less invasive with minimal disturbance to the gum tissue and bone. The procedure for mini implants typically lasts 1-2 hours, and is performed under local anesthetic. It is a painless procedure, and any discomfort or soreness usually passes within 48 hours.
Myth #3: It will take a long time for life to get back to normal after mini implant placement.
One of the key advantages of mini dental implants is that they can resume your normal life as if you had your own natural teeth immediately after the procedure. The procedure for placing normal implants is lengthy, with cutting of gum tissue and preparation of the bone into which the implant will be placed, followed by 4-6 months of recovery.
Mini implants work in a different way. Because they are narrower – a fraction of the diameter of normal implants – the amount of pressure required to install them is tolerable to the surrounding bone without requiring surgery. The implant is designed to screw tightly into the bone from the very start, so it is stable and secure enough to allow you to resume normal life without any pain or jeopardizing its long-term performance.
Myth #4: Mini implants are not a long term solution
Regular implants are very strong and steady, usually with assured longevity. Mini implants may not be as steady as traditional implants, but when installed properly, they preserve oral health – including gum and bone health – better than alternative restorations. Many claimed disadvantages are usually associated with poor planning or inexperienced practitioners.
Like with regular implants, mini implants require precision, attention to detail, and utmost care in both prosthetic design and fitting. That said, there are a few instances when they are not the right choice for patients. To determine if you are a suitable candidate for mini implants, you should seek the advice of a qualified dental practitioner.