Mini dental implants vs. conventional dental implants

Are you considering dental implants but have questions about the process and what is involved with dental implant treatment? Watch this video by experienced Butler implant dentist Dr. E. Ahono Gildersleeve as she describes the difference between mini implants and conventional implants.

The difference between a mini dental implant and a standard diameter implant lies with the diameter or width of the implant. This is a mini dental implant, and when it’s placed into the jaw, it requires a small pinhole, as seen here.

On the other hand, a standard or large diameter implant requires a larger osteotomy or hole to be drilled to the jawbone. What makes the mini dental implant unique is there’s a one piece system. It has a ball and square design at the head, and what’s really helpful about this is that these implants are called “immediate load”. That means that as soon as the implant is placed into your mouth, you can have a temporary or a final crown placed that day or multiple of them can be used to stabilize a loose denture.

So there’s no waiting around. There’s no waiting for the gums to heal over a standard dental implant. In my experience, I have found that mini dental implants are less invasive to the patient. They require less or shorter healing time. There’s less postoperative pain and discomfort after surgery. There’s also less visits to the dentist, and on average, they’re less money. They’re less expensive than standard diameter implants.

Because of the mini dental implant’s, smaller diameter, we’re able to help many more patients with this implant. We don’t require significant bone grafting or long waiting periods. So if you’ve been turned down for dental implants in the past, mini dental implants could be the solution for you.

If you or someone you love needs a dental implant, meet with Dr. E. Ahono Gildersleeve to learn about the difference between mini dental implants and conventional implants and see which option is the best fit for you.

The Mini Dental Implant Advantage

Immediate Results

Because they are less invasive, and don’t require the lengthy healing time of traditional implants, they can typically be loaded with crowns, bridges and dentures immediately.

Less Healing Time & Fewer Visits

Because mini implants are much smaller, placing them is a less invasive procedure—requiring less healing time and discomfort, and fewer visits.

No More Decay

Mini implants are made out of titanium—the same type of material that is used on artificial joints, and they are not subject to decay or periodontal disease.

Mini Dental Implants Can Change Your Life!

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Dr. Brockley earned his doctorate degree in Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine in 1972. He is a second generation dentist and a legacy of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine where his father, Dr. Charles R. Brockley earned his doctorate in general dentistry in the year 1927. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, he held the office of Class Secretary for his graduating class.

Following dental school, he chose to do his residency training at Wilmington Medical Center in Wilmington, Delaware, with a focus on research.  Upon completing his residency, Dr. Brockley enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War Era as a Naval Officer.

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Meet E. E. Ahono Gildersleeve, DDS

Dr. E. Ahono Gildersleeve firmly believes that everyone deserves a stunning smile, and it’s this passion that has driven their career in dentistry. Combining expertise, a friendly demeanor, and a relatable approach, Dr. Gildersleeve is dedicated to helping patients achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of. Having graduated with a BS in Biology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, Dr. Gildersleeve went on to pursue her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Touro College of Dental Medicine in Hawthorne, NY. To further expand her knowledge and skills, she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at NYU Langone, with specialized training at Shatkin Dental Health in Buffalo, NY. Being a second-generation dentist trained by the esteemed Dr. Todd Shatkin on Mini Dental Implants, Dr. Gildersleeve brings a wealth of expertise and a unique perspective to the field of dentistry. In July 2021, she joined her father’s practice, a Mini Dental Implant Center of America, in the greater Pittsburgh area after completing her residency, proudly carrying on the family tradition as a third-generation dentist.

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