If you are missing a tooth or need to have one extracted, you have several options for tooth replacement. One option is dental implants in Ajax. Implants come in two types: traditional implants and mini implants.
A traditional dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jawbone. This acts as the root for your artificial tooth. The fitting requires a few visits to the clinic for surgery, and you may need additional surgery beforehand for bone grafting if your jawbone is too weak to support the implant.
Mini dental implants are smaller than regular implants. Dentists tend to recommend mini dental implants to people unable to receive bone grafts for traditional implants, such as patients with osteoporosis. They are also useful for smaller teeth, where a traditional implant would be unnecessary, and are sometimes used to secure loose dentures or partial dentures.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both options. For instance, the procedure for mini dental implants is shorter. As there is no need to cut the gum tissue, the mouth heals faster. Mini dental implants are also less expensive and there is a lower risk of surgical error, such as hitting a nerve or sinus cavity. Finally, mini dental implants are appropriate even for areas of the mouth where the jawbone is thin without the need for a bone graft.
Despite these benefits, there are also some downsides to mini dental implants. Often, mini implants are unable to provide the stability needed for the replacement tooth, making a traditional implant the only possible option. Furthermore, mini dental implants are newer and have undergone far few studies than traditional implants. This makes it less clear whether they are viable for some situations. For these reasons, your dentist will likely recommend a traditional dental implant whenever possible.