Dental Implant Options

Missing a Few Teeth?

Dental implants are designed to serve a variety of functions to meet the needs of patients who are missing teeth. No matter how many or the size of the gaps in your smile, dental implants are considered one of the most successful tooth replacement procedures available.  Let’s take a look at the different types of dental implants.

Regular Dental Implants

A regular tooth implant can be used to replace one tooth with a beautiful dental crown, or several teeth with tooth implant supported dentures and dental bridges.  These dental implants provide maximum support and are the most common solution for missing teeth.

However, it is necessary for the patient to have adequate bone structure to support the tooth implant.  If this is missing, sometimes a bone graft can be used to build up the bone structure to support a regular dental tooth implant.

Mini Dental Implants

For patients who don’t have sufficient bone structure to support regular dental implants or who have tiny gaps to fill, mini dental implants are available. Mini dental implants are a popular alternative to regular dental implants because they can usually be placed in one visit and are much less invasive.

A mini tooth implant consists of a tiny metal rod, about half the width of a regular dental tooth implant, which is positioned where the tooth root is missing and topped with a dental crown or dentures. Mini dental implants are often placed in one visit because they are easier to position and are less invasive than regular dental implants.  Because of their slim size, mini dental implants are ideal for replacing small teeth in narrow spaces in the mouth. Many patients who cannot qualify for regular dental implants because of insufficient bone or gum support can still qualify for mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants are most commonly used as stabilizers for tooth implant supported dentures in the lower jaw. The mini dental implants have attachments to connect to the dentures above. While traditional dentures can slide around and cause gum irritation, the added support of mini dental implants can provide much needed stability. Mini dental implants are not recommended in some cases because they do not fuse as well with the jawbone as regular dental implants.

Compared to a regular tooth implant, the mini tooth implant is so well liked because it requires:

Less healing time

Less pain

Less expense

Less gum invasion


To learn more about the different types of dental implant options we offer at our dental office in Saginaw TX, call us today to schedule your free dental implant consultation.  817-385-7183


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Implant Dentistry – Is it Right for You?

Dental Implant Procedure



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