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What are Mini Dental Implants?

A Brownstown Dental Care blog post by Dr. Ben Hanson

If you are missing one or more teeth, replacement is critical- not just for your appearance, but for functional reasons as well as your oral and overall health. Most dentists prefer dental implants because they are the most like your natural teeth. Unfortunately, the requirements for traditional implants are extremely stringent and not everyone qualifies for this treatment.

This is where mini dental implants come in. Mini implants offer the same benefits as traditional implants- and more. These devices are ideal for patients who have a smaller jawbone, have experienced some jawbone deterioration, or are unable to tolerate traditional implants for any reason.

The dental team at Brownstown Dental Care in Brownstown, MI has the experience and expertise to give you back your perfect smile. Here’s what you need to know about mini dental implants:

Tooth Loss and Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are the perfect tooth replacement solution for patients who do not qualify for traditional dental implants:

When Are Mini Implants The Best Option?

Mini dental implants are a safe and effective solution for tooth replacement. However, this option isn’t for everyone. There are certain criteria that can disqualify patients from getting dental implants placed:

  • Pediatric patients
  • Patients who grind their teeth
  • Certain health conditions, including:
    • Uncontrolled diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Bone disease, such as osteoporosis
    • Hemophilia
    • Conditions that affect wound/bone healing
    • Periodontitis
  • Lifestyle factors
    • Limited/poor oral hygiene
    • Smokier
  • Certain medications
    • Anticoagulants
    • Medications that impact bone healing
    • Chemotherapy or radiation

While mini implants do not require as much jawbone density as traditional implants, some is necessary. This means if you have severe tooth decay/jawbone loss, this may not be the best option. Finally, patients with damaged or recessed gums may not qualify for mini implants.

How Small Are Mini Implants?

A traditional dental implant is a 2-piece device that has a diameter of 3.25 mm to 5 mm- but a mini dental implant is a one-piece device that is slightly larger than 1/10” in diameter. 

Advantages of mini dental implants

Mini dental implants offer several advantages, including:

Less invasive

Dental implant placement is an invasive oral surgery. While the dentist will still need to cut an incision in the gums and drill a hole in the jawbone, the surgery is much less invasive than traditional implants.

Faster recovery

Recovery time with mini implants is much faster than traditional implants due to their smaller size and the minimally invasive procedure.

Cost less

Due to their smaller size, mini implants typically cost less than traditional dental implants.

Less strict requirements

Traditional dental implants require adequate jawbone density for support. However, since mini implants are smaller, patients don’t need as much jawbone density. This makes them ideal for patients who have experienced jawbone loss due to decay, injury, or health conditions.

Does not require bone grafting

Since mini implants do not require a lot of jawbone density, bone grafting is not required.

Same-day restoration placement

Traditional implants take quite some time because restorations can’t be placed until the gums and jawbone have healed. However, with mini implants, the restoration can often be placed on the same day.

Fits into smaller areas in the mouth

Mini implants are ideal for replacing smaller teeth and for patients with smaller jaws.

Less painful to place/repair

Due to their smaller size, mini dental implants are much less painful to place or repair than traditional implants.

Permanent tooth replacement

While dentures and bridges are effective options for tooth replacement, they’re not always the most ideal. Mini- and traditional- dental implants offer a lot of benefits over these removable options including increased stability, supports jawbone health, and more.

Prevents facial collapse

Mini dental implants are inserted into your jawbone, providing the stimulation it needs to remain healthy. Therefore, your jawbone will not deteriorate, which means your facial structure will not collapse.

Mini Implants vs traditional dental implants

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under 1/10” in diameter

Ranges between 3.25 to 5 mm in diameter

Does not require as much jawbone density

Requires significant jawbone density

Can be done under local anesthesia

May require sedation for placement

Prosthesis can be placed on the same day

May require healing before prosthesis can be placed

Schedule Your Tooth Replacement Consultation with Brownstown Dental

If you are missing just one single tooth, you may experience difficulties with speaking and eating, and your confidence may be impacted. Plus, the cycle will continue, and additional tooth loss will occur. Therefore, replacement is critical. Schedule your consultation with the team at Brownstown Dental today to learn more about your options.

Mini Dental Implants FAQs

If you are interested in learning more about tooth replacement at Brownstown Dental Care, we will be happy to address your questions and concerns. Below are some of the most common questions that we’ve gotten:

How long do dental mini implants last?

Mini dental implants are fairly new compared to traditional implants. Therefore, it’s difficult to determine exactly how long they last. However, research indicated that they should last as long as traditional implants before requiring repair or replacement.

Can mini implants be permanent?

Yes, mini dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss. The crown/artificial tooth may need to be replaced after about 20 years due to wear and tear.

Can you sleep with mini dental implants?

Yes, you can sleep with dental implants. The crown is permanently secured to the jawbone, there is no way to remove it without the assistance of the dentist.

Can you eat with mini implants?

Yes, you can eat with mini dental implants. They are just like traditional dental implants, only smaller.

Are mini implants worth it?

Yes, mini dental implants are worth the investment. They offer a lot of the same benefits as traditional dental implants, only they are much smaller.

Are mini implants painful?

The procedure to place mini dental implants is a surgical procedure. Therefore, you can expect some discomfort. However, it should be easily managed with OTC pain relievers.

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