Conventional Implants vs Mini Dental Implants

In the following video, Brent Bradford, DDS, explains the differences that distinguish miniature dental implants from traditional ones.

The primary distinction between a conventional implant and a mini implant lies in the implantation procedure. Although both types are made from the same titanium alloy material, their construction and installation processes differ significantly. The mini implant is a one-piece design that is directly inserted into the jawbone.

In contrast, a conventional implant consists of multiple components: the implant body that integrates with the bone and an abutment that is attached on top of this body. This multi-part structure of conventional implants can potentially lead to a space where bacteria may collect, possibly causing peri-implantitis, a condition characterized by bone loss around the implant threads.

One of the major advantages of mini implants is their minimally invasive placement method. A small pilot hole is created in the gum and bone, and the implant is immediately inserted, eliminating the need for complex surgery. This approach results in a procedure that is less invasive and typically less painful for the patient. Additionally, the treatment time is shorter, and the cost of a mini implant is about half that of a conventional implant.

If you’re considering dental implants, we invite you to reach out for a free consultation to discuss which treatment option is best suited for your needs.


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Dr. Brent Bradford

Dr. Brent A. Bradford welcomes you to his general and family dental practice located in the North Medical Center in Liverpool, New York. Dr. Bradford takes an interest in the impact that oral health can have on the overall health of his patients, in addition to helping them maintain or achieve a feeling of self-confidence related to their teeth and smile.

Dr. Bradford particularly enjoys helping patients in the areas of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. His aesthetic work includes bleaching, bonding and veneers. His restorative dentistry goes beyond crown and bridge work to include the innovative mini dental implants.

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