The use of mini implants is one of the most hotly contested topics in dentistry today. Why the uproar? While traditional implants have been commonly used in the U.S. since the 1950s, mini implants are a new creation that have yet to be tried and tested. However, the use of mini implants in Wallingford, North Haven, Meriden, Hamden, and Durham, CT have some obvious benefits. Consider the following information when determining if you want to learn more about mini implants from Dr. Randy Greenberg:  

1. Same Material, Different Size

 
Mini implants are aptly named. They are simply miniature versions of traditional implants. Currently, mini implants are any implants less than 3 mm and are made from the same surgical-grade titanium alloy as traditional versions. However, mini implants do have some differences. Due to their small size, they are solid on the inside. This is possible because the mini implant is one solid piece that does not require the use of an abutment to affix a crown.  

2. Decreased Costs  


The smaller size and lack of an abutment piece results in a significant decrease in costs associated with each implant. Less material simply translates into savings. However, due to their small size, more implants may be required in order to carry the load required to restore maximum function of the teeth.  

3. Can Be Used In Areas of Bone Loss  


Patients with bone loss who are ineligible to undergo traditional implant surgery may be eligible for mini implants. These smaller implants can replace single or multiple missing teeth in areas with bone loss because of their smaller size. In areas where the bone density is too low to accommodate a regular implant, two mini implants may be used instead. This may actually be a more natural remedy to the problem, because many larger teeth tend to have multiple roots.  

Patients who desire a cost-effective tooth replacement option can call Dr. Randy Greenberg at (203) 303-7073 to schedule an appointment.