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Disadvantages of Mini-Dental Implants


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Mini-implants, also known as MIDs, offer their users a number of remarkable benefits. They are easier to apply than full sized implants, and are therefore cheaper and accessible to a broader base of people, many of whom can’t make use of standard implants but could benefit from their use. Like their larger cousins, these implants are extremely effective at stabilising dentures to improve bite strength and the general performance of artificial teeth, as well as how they feel. The result is a far more natural feel to the prosthetics you are using and vastly improved confidence as a result.

Despite their many advantages, there are some caveats to the use of mini-dental implants, and in this article we look at the downsides associated with this particular dental technology.

The disadvantages of mini-implant procedures

While extremely effective when used to support dentures and full arches of teeth, mini-dental implants are not useful supports for prosthetics replacing a single tooth. This is because their smaller size means that multiple implants will be needed to provide a high level of support implants are designed to provide to their prosthetics.

It is thought that mini-dental implants are more effective and useful in fixing dentures to the lower jaw, and some sources claim that the procedure is not suited to supporting dentures mounted to the upper jaw. This is the subject of some contention, and if you are considering mini-implants for your upper jaw, it is advisable that you talk to your dentist about the option and its feasibility for you.

There is always a risk that the implant procedure fails, and this can be due to a number of different factors. Fortunately mini-implants are actually more likely to succeed because the surgery involved in their fitting is much less invasive, damaging less of the mouth’s structures and therefore requiring less healing time, which carries with it a reduced risk of infection or injury which could lead to the failure of an implant.

Ultimately where suitable, mini-implants offer benefits that far outweigh their disadvantages. If you will not benefit from mini-dental implants, you can expect your dentist to inform you of alternatives that would suit you better. In most cases, where mini-implants are recommended, their benefits far outstrip those of their normal sized peers, and with the proper care and maintenance a pair of mini-implants can last as long as a lifetime.


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