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Mini Implants Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Strength of mini-implants vs regular: I've been told that my bone is suitable for regular implants and that therefore minis would not be recommended to hold my dentures, because they are weaker.

Would more mini-implants be as strong as fewer regular ones? Do the minis help to prevent bone loss as do regular implants?

The procedure for putting in mini-implants seems much more attractive to me than the regular ones', but I don't want to sacrifice quality. ...Visitor from NY

Answer:
If your bone is suitable for traditional implants, it should be OK for the minis unless they are doing bone grafting for the implants.

Minis do not do well with bone grafting. I have found the mini dental implants to be strong enough to hold a denture. I usually place 4 in the lower front area and have not had one break yet.

Many dentists who place traditional implants do not like the mini-dental implants. I would suggest looking for somebody who has been trained in the minis. You can go to http://www.mini-dentalimplants.com to find a dentist who places these types of implants.

The mini implants should also preserve bone since they, too, take the forces of the denture from the bone to the implants. I agree that the surgery is much less invasive.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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