Mini dental implants are a smaller version of traditional dental implants and can be used in the same way as dental implants. That is, an oral surgeon places mini dental implants in the jaw and over the course of several months, the bone forms a bond with the implant’s surface and makes the implant a permanent part of the mouth’s structure.
Because of their reduced size, these dental implants require less jawbone material to support osseointegration than standard dental implants do, so patients who have suffered some bone loss following tooth loss can still access the benefits of dental implants through mini implants.
As is the case with standard dental implants, mini implants can support a single crown, a dental bridge or a denture, so they can be effective tooth replacements in different tooth loss scenarios.
Of course, there are some basic conditions that apply to mini dental implants. Just as with the placement of traditional dental implants, patients must have good enough oral health and overall health to tolerate the surgery. Conditions like active gum disease can threaten mini dental implants just like traditional ones, so these conditions should be controlled prior to placement.
Furthermore, although mini implants require less bone than traditional ones, the patient still needs to have some amount of bone available to support osseointegration. At your initial evaluation, your oral surgeon will examine your jaw via imaging to determine whether mini implant placement is feasible and likely to achieve the desired outcomes in your case.
In addition to greater accessibility to a wider variety of patients, mini dental implants also may offer the benefits of streamlined treatment timelines and briefer recovery periods. Furthermore, mini dental implants come with the same advantages as traditional ones: improved functionality and comfort, among them.
If you are interested in getting mini dental implants, schedule a consultation at our office to learn if you are a good candidate for the procedure.