Conventional Implants vs Mini Dental Implants

Understand the differences between traditional and mini dental implants with Dr. Amelia Aristodemo to find your best fit in this patient education video.

The choice between traditional implants and mini implants centers on their differences across five key aspects, despite both options serving the purpose of replacing missing teeth. Both traditional and mini implants are made of titanium, a material that is FDA approved and commonly used in medical surgeries, such as hip and knee replacements. Additionally, both types support the health of the jawbone by providing a structure for bone to attach to, helping prevent bone loss.

Here are the main differences between the two:

1. Discomfort and Invasiveness: Traditional implants often result in more discomfort initially because their placement typically involves gum surgery, making the procedure more invasive due to the larger size of the implant. In contrast, mini implants are associated with less discomfort as they do not require gum surgery, thanks to their smaller diameter.

2. Cost: Traditional implants are generally more expensive, costing about double that of mini implants. This higher cost reflects the more involved surgical procedure and the larger size of the implants themselves.

3. Healing Time: Due to the more significant surgery required and the larger size of the implant, traditional implants also have a longer healing time. Mini implants, benefiting from a less invasive procedure, typically enjoy a reduced healing time.

4. Dental Visits: The process of getting traditional implants usually necessitates more visits to the dentist, which can be attributed to the complexity of the procedure and the need for follow-up care. Conversely, mini implants require fewer dental visits, making them a more convenient option for many patients.

Given these differences, we highly encourage scheduling a consultation to explore which option best suits your needs and circumstances. Our team is eager to provide further explanation and to meet you, helping you make an informed decision regarding your dental health.


Meet Dr. Amelia Aristodemo

Dr. Amelia Aristodemo earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Loyola University at Chicago in 1992 and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 1997. She provides all your basic dental care needs plus offers Orthodontics, lnvisalign, Dental Implants, Opalescence Teeth Whitening and Laser Dentistry.

Dr. Aristodemo believes excellence in dentistry begins with a careful co-diagnosis and treatment plan. Communication and long-term relationships are important to her. Let her know what is on your mind and ask questions.

She will help you realize an investment in yourself pays dividends for a lifetime. She is a caring, skilled professional, dedicated to the belief that preventative care and education are the keys to optimal dental health.

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