Mini-Dental Implants Insertion into the Jawbone

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Mini-dental implants are smaller versions of the implant technology that has been making a huge difference to the comfort and workings of artificial teeth since its invention. Typically 1-2mm smaller in diameter, mini-dental implants are a variant of the original technology which offers its own unique advantages. The smaller implants are more accessible to groups of people who would not be able to make use of standard implants, namely those with diminished jawbones or medical conditions that make invasive surgical procedures like the one involved in placing full sized implants risky.

Mini-dental implants are, like their full sized relatives, inserted into the jawbone. This is absolutely essential to the workings of these implants and all others, and in this article we look at why it is that implants are placed within the jawbone.

Why are mini-implants placed in the jawbone?

Mini-implants are made from titanium allows known for their strength, light weight, and biocompatibility. Biocompatibility is the term used to describe a material’s ability to co-exist with bodily tissues and cells without exciting an immune response which targets and attacks said material. Titanium and its allows are used extensively in replacement and implant surgeries and this material has a well-established biocompatibility. It is also used in the making of dental implants because this material can fuse with the jawbone it is in contact with via a process called osseointegration.

Osseointegration and the stability that results is why mini-implants are embedded into the jawbone. Once fused with the bone, a mini-implant can act as an extremely effective artificial root. This action anchors and stabilises dental prosthetics, which in turn improves their function and their ability to withstand constant and repeated use. The fixing of dentures to these smaller implants also improves their comfort, a major benefit to people who need to wear their prosthetics day in and day out.

The jawbone is a dense structure that can withstand more forces than teeth can, this is one why our natural teeth are anchored to the bone via their roots and why they can survive a lifetime of regular use with the proper care. By allowing prosthetics the same base and support, mini-dental implants vastly improve every aspect of their use, and offer users a level of comfort and functionality which would not be achievable through unsupported dentures.

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