Small diameter implants (SDI) have benefited a large community of patients who were once limited in treatment options. For many patients with loose dentures and missing teeth, conventional implant therapy does not work, however small diameter implants provide an effective alternative.
How Are SDI’s Different?
Small diameter implants are the same as conventional-sized implants, simply smaller in diameter. According to FDA standards, any implant above 3.0-mm in diameter is deemed as a conventional implant, while those in a diameter range of 1.8-2.9 mm are deemed to be small-diameter implants. Just like conventional implants, SDIs are made of titanium alloy with precise thread patterns implemented on them and a unique surface treatment designed to facilitate osseointegration. Small diameter implants can be implanted through a minimally invasive procedure and offer the virtually the same effective performance as conventional implants.
Who Does It Benefit?
Studies have shown SDIs to have long-term success for various patients with unique situations that do not allow them to qualify for conventional implants. Typical patients who qualify for small diameter implants are those:
- Without adequate bone quantity or quality for implementing a conventional-sized implant
- Of older age who are not able to sustain extensive procedures
- Without adequate bone, but do not want to undergo bone grafting
- With a limited budget
- Who desire a more minimally invasive procedure
Small diameter implants are a more effective alternative for many patients. There is also comparatively a much quicker healing period and lesser post-procedure pain. SDIs are generally implanted without having to raise a soft-tissue flap making it easier for patients cannot undergo invasive procedures. The procedure for small diameter implants is quicker and require less appointments.
In addition, small diameter implants cost nearly half the amount of their conventional counterparts, making it a more accessible procedure for a vast number of patients.
Henderson Small Diameter Implants
Foutz Family Dentistry offers superior small diameter implants services for patients seeking to restore their smile, but do not qualify for conventional implants. For more information or to schedule a consultation contact Foutz Family Dentistry today at 702-792-5929.
Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074