San Francisco Dentist Compares Conventional and Mini Dental Implants

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Dental implant technology has, in many ways, transformed what is possible in the field of restorative dentistry. Our San Francisco dental implant dentists are proud to offer this state-of-the-art treatment option to our patients.


In this article, we will be discussing the two types of dental implants available: conventional implants and mini dental implants.

Both conventional (full-sized) and mini dental implants have titanium roots. These roots are surgically implanted in the patient’s jawbone at the site of tooth loss. Consider how dentures and bridges work: both of these tooth replacement options sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. Dental implants, however, mimic the structure of a natural tooth, because they are stabilized by replacement “roots.”

The major difference between full-sized and mini dental implants is the size of the titanium root. The mini implant root is much thinner than the conventional root. This means that the mini implant is less traumatic for the bone tissue when it is implanted (and thus requires less post-treatment healing time).

Due to this difference, conventional implants and mini dental implants are often used slightly differently to restore smiles after tooth loss.

1. Full sized dental implants are used to replace individual teeth. The full sized root is capped with an abutment and a crown in order to form a complete replacement tooth.

2. Mini dental implants, on the other hand, are often used to stabilize existing restorations, like dentures. Using mini dental implants, dentists can now permanently affix a patient’s denture in place, using a few strategically placed implant roots.

Which type of dental implant is right for you is going to depend on your unique dental needs, as well as your timeline and budget. Our San Francisco dental implant dentist is here to help you make those important decisions—just give us a call to get started!

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