What Is the Difference Between Full-Size and Mini Dental Implants?

What Is the Difference Between Full-Size and Mini Dental Implants?

Can you tell the difference between full-size dental implants and mini dental implants? What are they used for? Learn if mini implants are right for you here.

You lost one of your teeth.

Now there’s a gaping hole in the front of your smile. You want a dental implant, but you don’t have the time or the money. 

Well, there might be another option. 

Mini dental implants will feel and look the same as a traditional, full-size implant. And they can fix your time and money problem. 

Keep reading below to learn more about mini implants!

What’s the Difference?

Dental implants are inserted into your jawbone. This allows them to fuse to the bone so they stay in place. After that, they feel and act like a normal tooth. 

Though there are two types of dental implants, they are very similar to each other. The main difference between full-size and mini dental implants is—as you might assume—their size. But that’s not the only one. 

Here are a few of the most important differences between the two. 

Full-Size Implants 

Traditional dental implants are made of three separate pieces. 

The titanium post is the piece that replaces the root of your tooth. It fuses to your bone and acts as a replacement root.

An abutment is placed on top of this post. This piece sticks out above the gums and is the part that connects the prosthesis to the titanium post. The final piece is the prosthesis itself, which looks like a normal tooth. 

Mini Implants 

A mini implant only has two pieces. Instead of using an abutment to connect the prosthesis to the titanium post, the post itself sticks above the gum’s surface. This allows the prosthesis to connect directly to the post. 

On top of that, mini implants are much smaller than normal implants. 

Traditional implants are about 3.4 to 5.8 mm wide, but mini implants are only 1.8 to 3.3 mm wide

How to Choose the Right Implant for Your Mouth 

If you aren’t a candidate for a traditional dental implant, you can’t qualify for a mini implant.

However, there are times when getting a mini implant is more beneficial than getting a normal implant. 

Here are a few ways to figure out which implant is right for you. 

Jawbone Health 

Traditional dental implants need a lot of healthy bone to fuse to your jawbone.

But many people who need dental implants don’t have a lot of healthy jawbone left in that area. 

While there are a few ways to help damaged jawbone heal, such as bone grafts, this is a long, uncomfortable, and expensive process. 

Mini implants, on the other hand, don’t require nearly as much jawbone to fuse into the right place. Because of this, they are a good option for people who don’t have enough healthy jawbone for a traditional implant and don’t want to go through additional treatment. 

The Procedure 

Mini implants can do almost the same things as traditional implants.

So depending on the procedure you need, a mini implant can be a cheaper, alternative option. 

You should talk to your dentist about mini implants if you need a bridge, a crown, or dentures. 

Cost 

Traditional implants are expensive, but you can get a mini implant for nearly half the price.

If your budget doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room, a mini implant can get most procedures done and keep money in your bank account. 

Time 

It takes months and several different appointments to get a traditional dental implant.

Depending on the healing process, you might have to wait six months—or more—until your implant is finished (although usually, the process is somewhat faster). 

Since mini implants are so much smaller, you can get your entire implant in one day. When you walk out of your appointment, your new tooth will be ready to use. 

Benefits of Mini Dental Implants 

Mini dental implants aren’t as strong as traditional implants, but they do come with their own set of benefits.

Here are a few of the most important ones to keep in mind. 

Less Pain 

Again, mini implants are much smaller than normal implants. They don’t require all the drilling or suturing that comes with the traditional surgery. 

Over-the-counter pain medication should be all you need after the procedure. And you can probably stop taking that after a few days. 

Faster Healing 

Since a mini implant doesn’t require the same type of surgery, it heals a lot faster. 

Instead of waiting months between visit for your implant to heal, you can get the entire implant done in one day. This means you can get back to your normal eating habits almost right away. 

Fewer Complications

Most dental implant procedures don’t have any complications.

However, every time you get a surgery, there is a risk of something going wrong. 

All you need for a mini implant is local anesthetic. This reduces the chance of something going wrong during surgery. And since the healing time is faster, the risk of infection or other issues is also much smaller. 

Now You Can Choose Between Full-Size and Mini Dental Implants

When it comes to choosing between full-size and mini dental implants, you should always talk to your dentist first.

Depending on your oral health, you may need a traditional implant. But mini implants are a faster and cheaper alternative for many people. 

Do you think you might need an implant?

We can help walk you through the process. 

Make sure you click here to learn more about our dental implant services. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!