Mini dental implants are a great alternative to traditional dental implants but are typically used in situations where a smaller implant is needed to fit into a narrow location. Smaller teeth and incisors are good candidates for mini dental implants as are devices that require stabilization such as lower or upper dentures (complete or partials).
Like traditional dental implants, mini dental implants are used to replace missing teeth with the purpose to maintain good oral health.
When are Mini Dental Implants Used?
Mini dental implants are used to restore lost teeth in the following areas:
- Small teeth
- Front teeth
- Pre-molars (when molars are present)
- Teeth located in a narrow area
- Mini Implants are also used to firmly secure and hold dentures into place, providing a more trustworthy and efficient way to secure them over adhesives that can slip out of place. Denture wearers will find that dentures that are secured with mini dental implants make it easier to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Complete upper dentures can be made without full palate coverage greatly enhancing the texture and taste of food.
How Big Are Mini Implants?
Mini dental implants are roughly half the size of traditional dental implants, about the diameter of a thick toothpick. They are advantageous even to patients who have experienced significant bone loss, which can often make the traditional dental implant procedure questionable.
Differences Between Mini Implants and Traditional Implants
- Mini dental implants are about half the diameter
- Mini dental implants cost less
- Mini implants do not contain an internal screw
- In the rare event of dental implant failure, mini dental implants do not require grafting
- Mini dental implants are less invasive, heal faster, and have shorter procedure times
Mini Dental Implants for Loose Dentures or Partials
Mini dental implants are used to provide stability to patients with dentures or partial dentures. Mini implants that are used to secure dentures are single piece implants, meaning they do not have a screw hole into which other components can be attached. A small, ball-shaped portion of the implant sticks out of the gums and snaps securely into a retaining socket contained on the inside of a denture. This creates a very stable denture which does not suffer from the common problems such as movement, popping out, and application of messy adhesives. The dentures still remain on the gum tissue but the housing in which the implant connects keeps them from slipping or clicking. In most cases the implant procedure and denture refitting can be done in one appointment – you can bite an apple in about an hour after leaving our office!