About Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants can be an excellent option for patients who need stabilization for crowns, bridges, and removable dentures. Originally used as temporary implants, mini dental implants or MDI’s are approved by the FDA for long term use and their success rate is comparable to that of standard implants.
Why Choose Mini Dental Implants?
As the name implies, mini dental implants are smaller than conventional implants, which start at 3.7 mm in diameter. Mini dental implants start at just 3 mm in diameter, which makes them a viable option for people who lack bone and would otherwise require extensive surgery to enable dental implants.
Mini dental implants are also different in that they are solid titanium alloy screws that act as a one-piece anchor, with the bottom part fusing to the bone in which it’s implanted and the top part serving as an abutment that holds the tooth or denture in place. On the other hand, conventional dental implants consist of two pieces.
Conventional dental implants and mini dental implants serve the same function. The placement procedure for both types is similar, but placing mini dental implants are faster, requires no invasive surgery and results in less post-operative discomfort. Because no surgery is involved, mini dental implants are also more affordable than conventional implants.
Mini Dental Implant Procedure
The mini dental implant process is simple, straightforward and can usually be completed in two visits of about an hour or less each. The procedure starts with the administration of a mild anesthetic, after which a small hole is drilled into the jawbone to accommodate each mini dental implant.
Each dental implant is then screwed into place and tightened, and a ratchet wrench is used to fully stabilize the mini dental implant. The denture is measured and marked to indicate where the mini dental implants will fit, then sent to the laboratory for drilling.
At the second visit, the denture is affixed using a simple and effective system: a rubber O-ring on the mini dental implant snaps into the corresponding hole drilled into the denture. This holds the denture firmly in place, resting snugly but naturally on the gum tissue. The denture is fully functional as soon as the procedure is complete and can be removed at will by the patient.
The placement of mini dental implants rarely requires any surgery or stitching, and patient discomfort after the procedure is minimal. While mini dental implants aren’t the solution for every patient or situation, they’re an excellent, affordable option with all the benefits of implant technology.
PermaDent Dental Implant Center is the only practice that specializes exclusively in dental implants and nothing else. Our 99.98% success rate and vast implant dentistry experience has earned us an outstanding reputation as the most experienced in Torrance, South Bay. For more information, see our frequently asked dental implant questions or contact us today!