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Mini-Implants vs Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are now a routine dental procedure with a lasting, positive impact on your overall health and smile. Missing one or more teeth or looking for implant-supported dentures(mini-implants)? Talk with Dr. Kesteven about comfortable replacements that look natural and feel secure. 


A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for the root of a tooth, surgically implanted in the jawbone. Highly trained and qualified, Dr. Kesteven conducts the entire procedure from surgery to restoration. Once the implant device is inserted, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant; this process is called osseointegration. For implants to be successful, you do need enough bone in the jawbone. However, if you only have minimal bone, mini-implant may be the answer for you. 


What are Mini-Implants?

Mini-implants are a fantastic help to denture wearers. They stabilize dentures, making them solid, secure, and functional. If you are not a candidate for full mouth implant restoration (perhaps because of insufficient bone) or need a more cost-effective alternative, this is a good option. Mini-Implants eliminate the need for denture creams and powders, as dentures simply snap into place. 

Mini-implants are a smaller version of regular implants. As mentioned, you must first have sufficient bone mass in your jaw for implants. However, tooth loss causes bone loss, a vicious cycle. Mini implants do not require as much bone, which may help you avoid a bone graft. As Mini-Implants are smaller, fitting into smaller areas with less invasive surgery, the results is  less “downtime” for the patient.  


What now?

At Kesteven Dental Care Studio, a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical and dental history compliments a complete clinical examination of the entire mouth and missing tooth area. This exam may require X-rays to view the mouth in all dimensions.


After assessing the patient, a comprehensive treatment plan is discussed and outlined with each patient. If implants are the chosen treatment, they are surgically placed in the jawbone under local anaesthesia and conscious sedation upon request.

The length of the healing time depends upon the quality and quantity of bone and the type of implant placed. After adequate healing, the implant can support a crown, bridge, or denture.


Types of dental implants

Dental implants come in a variety of sizes, shapes and configurations. After evaluating structural differences in bone amount and quality, and the shape and relationship of the upper and lower jaws, Dr. Kesteven will prescribe the appropriate implant for your treatment.


Smile with confidence today! Call 604-826-8087 for more information about dental implants or implant-supported dentures, and schedule your appointment.


By Lori Kesteven