What are Mini Dental Implants?

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on July 05, 2018

369579_sIf you have been following our blogs, you know by now the many benefits of dental implants. Dental implants are one of the most effective and secure ways to replace missing teeth. They can be used to replace multiple teeth with the help of a denture, a few teeth with a bridge, or just one tooth with a crown.


Today, we’ll be discussing yet another option to replace a missing tooth – mini dental implants.


What are mini dental implants?


Mini dental implants are a popular and effective way of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Mini dental implants have all of the benefits of traditional dental implants but are typically used in situations where a smaller implant is needed to fit into a narrow location. As the name implies, mini dental implants are dental implants that are, of course, smaller than traditional dental implants.


66036741_sMini dental implants function in the same way as traditional implants. Think of a dental implant as an artificial tooth root, holding the replacement tooth in place. The implant is typically made of titanium, which becomes permanently fused with the bone allowing the implant to be nearly as strong as a natural tooth.


When are mini dental implants used?


At about half the size of a traditional dental implant (approximately the thickness of a toothpick), a mini dental implant is a great option for people who may not be candidates for a traditional dental implant.


Mini dental implants are most often used to restore teeth in the following areas:


  • Small teeth
  • Front teeth
  • Pre-molars
  • Teeth located in a narrow area


In addition, mini dental implants may also be advantageous for people who have significant bone loss. People who experience significant bone loss are often not candidates for traditional dental implants, as the procedure involves surgically inserting the implant into the bone itself. Bone loss is common if a tooth is not replaced for an extended period, as the jaw bone deteriorates over time if not exercised by the tooth (think “use it or lose it”).


What is the difference between mini and traditional dental implants?


Mini dental implants often differ from traditional implants in the following ways:


  • Mini implants are about half the size of traditional dental implants.
  • Mini implants often cost less.
  • Mini implants are less invasive, heal faster, and have shorter procedure time.
  • In the rare event of the failure of a traditional implant, mini implants do not require a graft.


Should I get mini dental implants?


While there are many options to replace a missing tooth, it is important to do your research and consult with your dentist to determine which option is the best fit for you. Mini implants may be a great option for those with bone loss, or who have specific needs for replacing their teeth.


If you have a missing tooth or teeth that needs to be replaced, schedule a consultation today. We’ll evaluate your situation, your wants, and needs and help make a plan to restore your smile. Connect with us on Facebook, submit the contact form at the bottom of this page, or give us a call today.

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