The most common dental implants are the full size root form dental implants. They have many advantages. They are versatile in that they can be used to replace one tooth. When more than one is used it can be used to replace multiple teeth by supporting a bridge or removable denture.
A newer alternative to full size dental implants are mini dental implants. We offer them in our office as a cheaper alternative for the cost conscious patients who already wear dentures. They are used to stabilize dentures both top and bottom. They are about 1/4 – 1/3 the cost of full size implants. They can be placed in a minimal amount of bone; typically do not require an incision into the gums and help restore chewing function that can’t be achieved with dentures alone. The main disadvantage is that they are not upgradable like full size implants are by changing abutments and adding more implants.
After completing my dental residency, implant fellowship and numerous seminars on dental implants, I feel confident to discuss with our patients at Lakeland Hills Dental all of the options and help you decide what best fits your needs and budget. Dental implants by definition are artificial tooth roots placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or dental prosthesis which is usually a partial or complete denture