Mini implant advantages
- less expensive
- less invasive
- less healing time
- less discomfort
A Mini Dental Implant (MDI) is a miniature titanium screw that acts like the root of your tooth. The ‘minis’ get their name because they are very thin. Mini dental implants are a practical solution for situations involving support purposes. These small implants – looking a lot like small heads of toothpick act as the ‘root’ of your dentures or replacement of the single or multiple missing teeth for your crowns.
Dental implants must be placed surrounded by solid bone but many people who have missing teeth or edentulism suffer from bone resorption. As the bone is lost and gets thinner over time standard diameter implants (over 3.5 mm) can not be properly fit into the jaw without long term problems. That is why the surgeon will recommend bone grafting to add bone thickness or width.
Bone grafting can add significant costs to the implant procedure and may double or triple treatment time. Mini dental implants can be used in bone of almost any thickness and does not require grafting. This decreases treatment time and costs. Mini implants can also be placed in a minimally invasive manor which decreases healing time and discomfort. Only small pinholes are placed into the bone and the implants are placed gently by hand instruments. There is often no need for cutting of the gums or stitches.
Increasingly MDI’s are being used for replacing a single tooth or cases involving crowns and bridges. The latest trend is customized options for fixed or removable prosthetics. Unlike conventional implants, mini implants do not require months of healing so they can immediately be fitted to dentures or replace single or multiple teeth.
How are Mini Implants Placed?
Placement of the mini implants is quick and easy with only local anesthesia and/or with IV Sedation to relieve any dental anxiety. Minimally invasive surgical technique, the mini implants are placed into the jawbone without having to cut the gum tissue or place a flap. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong , solid foundation for securing your dentures or single/multiple tooth replacement.
Because of the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, mini implant placement does not require a lengthy healing period, meaning dentures or crowns can be stabilized the same day the implants are placed.