What Dentists Don't Tell You About Dental Implants

Types of Dental Implants

There are two types of implants:

  1. Standard, which are longer and wider and have been approved for use by the FDA as supports for individual teeth as well as bridges. And
  2. Minis, which are shorter and thinner (sometimes toothpick thin) that have only clearly been approved by the FDA for supporting full arch bridges.

There is a great deal of controversy about the second type because many dentists are now offering them as supports for single teeth. Some dentists refuse to use them at all. Others are using them to support the full arch bridges, and some are using them to replace individual teeth.

The FDA has taken a clouded stance on this issue. Thus it is unclear as to whether they have approved them at all for permanent use or even have approved all types, sizes and models, even for temporary use. In fact, they refer to the minis as “screws” rather than implants.

This online discussion from the shows just how confusing the entire issue is, even for practitioners. It was written in 2006, so there may have been improvements in understanding since that time.

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