Mini Dental Implants Vs. Traditional Dental Implants

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on July 26, 2018


When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have options. If you choose to replace those teeth with the help of a dental implant, you have even more options. Generally speaking, there are two types of dental implants: mini and traditional. Both types are safe, effective, have a high success rate, and are nearly as strong as a natural tooth. Let’s look at some of the similarities and differences between the two types of dental implants. 


Mini and traditional dental implants function in the same way.

 46737653_sThe science behind the success of mini and traditional dental implants is the same. Both are made of titanium, which is inserted into the jaw bone where it fuses with the bone itself and becomes nearly as strong as a natural tooth. It functions like a tooth root and is used to hold a replacement tooth (usually a crown, bridge, or denture) in place.


Mini and traditional dental implants can both aid in the prevention of bone loss.

 One of the main goals of using dental implants is to prevent oral bone loss caused by tooth loss. Individuals who have had missing teeth for an extended period of time are at risk for bone loss. When the jawbone under the missing tooth is not exercised by the tooth, it begins to shrink which can change the bite and the shape of the face. Because dental implants fuse with bone, they continue to allow the bone to exercise and remain healthy.


Mini dental implants are smaller than traditional implants.

As the name implies, mini dental implants are a smaller version of traditional dental implants. Traditional implants are about the size and shape of a screw (4-5mm in diameter), whereas mini implants are about the size of a toothpick (2.5mm in diameter).


Mini dental implants can be used for patients with bone atrophy.

While dental implants can prevent bone loss, if the process has already begun and is too severe, traditional dental implants can be questionable. Mini implants, however, may be an option for these patients with more severe bone loss.


Mini dental implants usually have a faster healing time.

Unlike traditional implants, a mini dental implant does not require invasive surgery to insert the implant in the jaw. No incisions and suturing are made thus they usually require less healing time.


Mini dental implants usually cost less.

Mini implants usually cost less than traditional dental implants because the procedure is less invasive and can typically be completed in one appointment.


Mini dental implants can be used in narrow spaces.

Mini implants can be used in areas that are too narrow for a traditional implant. They are the preferred choice of implant to fill a narrow gap like those created when the front teeth or the incisor is missing. Traditional implants, on the other hand, are usually used to replace the back teeth or molars.


Should I get mini or traditional dental implants?

Both mini and traditional implants have their own benefits, but both can be good options in a variety of situations. Feeling good about your smile can change your life. If you are considering dental implants, give us a call. Connect with us on Facebook, submit the form at the bottom of this page, or give us a call today!

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