Replacing Teeth for Patients with Bone Loss
Dental implants are touted as the most successful teeth replacement option available today. Unfortunately, patients who have sustained bone loss do not always have enough bone to anchor traditional implants without a bone graft. However, these patients may still qualify for mini dental implants. About half the diameter of their traditional counterparts, these implants often eliminate the need for bone grafting. Furthermore, they can usually support a restoration immediately after placement. Dr. Thomas W. Hodge places and restores mini implants at his Batesville, MS, dental practice so that every patient can take advantage of restorative treatment.
More about Mini Dental Implants
While traditional dental implants consist of two parts – and post and an abutment – mini implants are a solid one-piece unit. They feature a ball-shaped connector that extends just beyond the gum line. Minis are available in a variety of lengths and they range from two to 3.5 millimeters in diameter. Mini implants can replace a single missing tooth, but are most often used to support an implant-supported denture.