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Dental Implants Vs. Mini Implants
Written By : Wayne Sutton, DDS 
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Regardless of which type of implant you choose, a dental implant and a mini dental implant are designed to accomplish the same thing -- to firmly hold in place dental prosthetics. While the purpose of the implants is the same, the installation process and recovery time that dental patients experience are very different, so take the time to research both options for your personal needs.

A normal dental implant is installed in a person's jawbone by first cutting the gums of the subject area in which the bone is exposed. The dentist will then drill a pilot hole that is perfectly positioned for the dental implant to be installed securely and correctly. The implant is shaped and threaded like a screw and is installed into the pilot hole. Once the implant is in place, a protective, temporary cover is inserted to cover up the implant. The gums are then stitched back up so that the healing process can begin.

It will take several months for the healing process to be complete, which is the time that the jawbones need to accept the implant. Once the gums have healed and the process of osseointegration has occurred, the temporary cover is removed and either a permanent crown is placed on the dental implant or a denture is put in place. Recover time will vary from person to person. Your dentist may be able to provide you with a rough time frame.

The procedure for having mini dental implants installed is vastly different. The mini implants are smaller in diameter than regular dental implants, which allows these implants to be installed without cutting the gums, thus reducing healing time. The dentist will measure and mark the spots where the mini implants are to be installed and then drills a pilot hole right through the gums. Then the mini dental implant is installed using several devices, depending on the resistance that the implant is met with.

There is no recovery time for individuals that receive mini dental implants. The dentist can immediately place the denture onto the dental implants, allowing the patient to begin enjoying their new smile immediately. If an individual already has dentures, the dentures can be retrofitted so they can be used with the new mini implants, helping to keep cost down.

While both implants are used to provide support for dental prosthetics, they have a different installation process and recuperation time. Since each individual has a unique gum and jawbone structure, you should speak with your dentist to determine which one will suit you best. When speaking with your dentist, make sure they have the proper qualifications and a list of testimonials. Typically, look for a dentist who markets themselves as a "restorative dentistry" office.

When considering Dental Implants for you or a loved one, take the time to find a professional that not only has the credentials and experience, but the passion to perform exceptional work.

Dr. Wayne Sutton is one of a select group of cosmetic dentist to be recognized as an Official Dentist of the Mrs. Globe - Mrs. USA Pageants. His lifetime goal is to become one of the premier cosmetic dentists in the world by constantly critiquing his own work in an honest and analytical manner. He believes that beauty of the fine arts can be applied to aesthetics in smile design. It is to this end that he continually strives in a singular purpose.

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