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Small Can Be Just as Good

The common belief by nearly everyone around the world is that bigger is always better, which is why many people prefer a huge SUV over a smaller car. But big things also come with big compromises, like poor fuel consumption, lower stability, and difficulty in finding a parking spot at the mall. For these instances, a small car is ideal.

A similar way of thinking can be applied when it comes to getting implants. Full-sized ones are a very good choice because of their size. After years of testing, a 4 to 5 millimeter diameter has been found to be ideal for majority of patients in the country. However, the compromises include a high cost and that patients need to have high bone densities to be ideal candidates.

For those people who do not meet these requirements, mini-implants can be used. Just like their regular sized brethren, they are made of Titanium alloy to make them extremely strong. But with a diameter under just three millimeters, they can be used in patients who do not have high bone densities. In addition to this, they also cost much less than full-sized implants.

But the good news does not stop there. Due to their size, the surgery needed to insert them is less complicated. Also, patients heal much faster when mini-implants are used.

When it comes to dental implants, smaller ones can be just as good, or even better. In this case, patients with diabetes or low bone densities can benefit from mini-implants as they may not be ideal candidates for full-sized ones.

If you are interested to know which type of implant is best for your situation, then come over to our clinic to speak with your Santa Cruz Implant Dentist, Dr. Matiasevich Jr. With as little as a single visit, he can determine which treatment will be best for you. Just give us a call at 831-440-7577 to schedule an appointment and we’ll take care of the rest.