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Dental implants can be a wonderful tooth replacement option for patients who have experienced tooth loss. However, many patients require bone grafting or sinus surgery prior to the placement of implants, the procedure requires several months of healing prior to placing the final tooth restoration, and traditional implants can also be cost-prohibitive for many people. That is where mini implants come in! At The DentaLink, we offer mini implants to St. Louis, Missouri, area patients as a cost-effective and convenient alternative to traditional implants.
Mini implants are just what the name implies: a smaller version of a dental implant. Traditional implants are approximately 3.5 to 6 mm in width, but a mini implant is about 2 to 3.5 mm wide. While this may seem like a very small difference in size, it actually makes quite a big difference in how the implant is placed, the amount of jawbone that is necessary to support the implant, post-surgical recovery time, and more.
Another key difference between mini and traditional implants is their shape. Traditional implants are composed of two pieces: the implant post and an abutment, which are placed in the mouth in two separate surgical procedures. A mini implant, however, is a single solid piece that consists of a post and a ball-shaped end that protrudes from the jaw and connects to the final tooth restoration (such as a dental crown).
Mini implants have a lower price tag than traditional implants for a few reasons:
In addition to being more cost-effective than traditional implants, mini implants offer patients several other benefits:
If you are ready to learn more about mini implants and whether they are right for you, call the DentaLink today to schedule your consultation! The DentaLink team is here to serve you with two convenient locations in Ballwin and St. Louis, Missouri. To reach our Ballwin office, call (636) 496 8584; our St. Louis office can be reached at (314) 334-1474.
At the DentalLink, you will be taken care of under the expert guidance of Dr. Allan Link and Dr. Andrew “Drew” Link. A dynamic duo who seek to provide the people of their community with sustainable health remedies and care.
Bringing with him 35 plus years of providing oral care, Dr. Allan Link is a proud alumnus of Duke University and the Washington University School of Dental Medicine.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Andrew Link studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and has been recognized by medical associations such as the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.