When a patients jawbone is strong enough to support endosteal dental implants, there are several different options available. These options can be placed into two main groups;
- standard size dental implants
- mini dental implants
Standard Dental Implants
When comparing all dental implant types, the standard size implants are definitely the most effective type. These are surgically placed into individuals who’s jawbone is both wide enough and has sufficient height, or can be reapired to the appropriate dimensions through bone grafting. Standard size implants range in diameter from 3.5 mm to 6 mm, depending on what part of the mouth they will be placed in.
Due to their larger size, standard dental implants are more costly than mini dental implants, however, they are more effective in both securing the prosthetic tooth and in supporting the jawbone structure from further deterioration.
Mini Dental Implants
The other type of endosteal implants that can be placed are mini dental implants. These still consist of surgically placing a titanium post into the patients jawbone, however, the posts used are of a smaller diameter. Mini dental implants are a great alternative for patients whose jawbone is not wide enough or are just trying to save on the cost of implants, especially in the case of placing multiple implants.
They are especially good for saving money when a patient is getting implant supported dentures, which can require up to 6 implants. Literally thousands of dollars can be saved in this type of scenario.