Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer the most complete solution to tooth loss, replacing the roots of teeth in addition to the crowns. Patients who receive dental implants enjoy restored appearance, oral health and functioning. Today, patients can choose from multiple types of dental implants, including full and mini dental implants. Here is a look at each of these types and how they differ from each other in terms of placement and candidacy requirements.
Full Dental Implants
Full dental implants are the most common of the two major types of dental implants, and they have a longer history of usage. Because of their length, full dental implants require sufficient jaw bone density and size for successful placement. Our dentist places full dental implants during multiple procedures over several months depending on healing time and other individual factors.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants offer the same benefits associated with full dental implants in terms of their ability to replace the roots of teeth, but their smaller diameter and length means that more patients are candidates and placement is easier. Bone grafting is unnecessary for mini dental implants, placement can be performed in a single appointment and there is virtually no recovery period afterwards.
Both full and mini types of dental implants offer tooth replacement with prevention of the jaw bone resorption associated with missing tooth roots. Depending on individual factors, our dental implants doctor in Los Angeles may recommend one type over the other. To learn more about dental implant types and discuss candidacy, patients can schedule a consultation at our office.
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