Mini implants, as their name implies, are a smaller version of traditional implant. While they are made from the same titanium alloys, their diameter is less than 3 mm, much smaller than a standard implant. They can be used in places where a patient’s jawbone is thinner, and where a traditional implant might not work without a bone graft.
Mini-implants are set in a quick minimally invasive procedure with significantly reduced healing times compared to traditional implant surgery. And finally, they offer significant cost savings over traditional implants. These advantages make mini implants an ideal solutionin certain types of cases.For patients who are unhappy with the function of their dentures but who are not good candidates for a traditional implant procedure due to lack of bone or poor health, mini implants can be used to stabilize dentures, eliminating slippage and difficulty in eating. The denture is fitted with metal housings that allow it to snap onto the heads of the implants, keeping it firmly in place. The lower bone requirements, shorter procedure, and lower cost make mini implants an attractive alternative for elderly or infirm patients.
Mini implants are also a good choice for single-tooth implants when replacing a small tooth or a missing tooth located in a narrow space, where a traditionally sized implant would not fit properly.