Dental Mini-implants

 

What are Dental Mini-implants?

 

These are narrow diameter titanium fixtures that can be used to replace lost teeth. They act like the root of a tooth but have a retaining component that attaches to a matching retentive element in the base of a denture. These enable the denture to be secure so that talking and eating can be comfortable.

Mini-implants can also be used to replace lower front front (incisors) or upper lateral incisors due to their small size.

Placement of the dental mini implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a process performed in the dentist’s office, with local anesthesia or light sedation to help make you more comfortable. It is a one step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery, with a faster healing phase than traditional dental implants.
 

Benefits

  • denture stabilisation immediately after placement in most cases – strong retention within 8 – 12 weeks
  • less costly than conventional implants
  • can be used to replace lower front teeth
  • minimally invasive surgery with a shorter healing phase than traditional implants
  • requires less bone than full-size implants

Drawbacks

  • not suitable as a replacement for a posterior tooth
  • still requires adequate height and width of bone
  • unable to withstand the chewing forces of grinding
Mini implants in the jawbone
 
Denture secured by mini implants