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Mini Dental Implants

Do you recommend a Mini Dental Implant for your patients with a single tooth/gap problem?

Mini Dental Implants might be a viable choice for patients with a missing tooth/gap problem. If it is a small tooth then one mini will be sufficient to be used as an anchor for fixed crown.  If it is a larger tooth such as a molar then 2 mini implants can be used.  Your original tooth had two roots so the most correct biological solution is two implants.  Where should they be placed and at what angle? Well bio-mechanically in the same anatomical spots where the original roots were. 

Nothing seems to stir up so much debate and misinformation for the very patients, we as dentist should help, as Mini Dental Implants.  I think we should choose the high road and explain each option fully and correctly. 

Mini Dental Implants cost less than traditional implants

There are 40 million Americans without teeth, and only about 3-5% of them have dental implants. Why such a few number of people with dental implants?  Typical answer is COST.  Traditional implant therapy has left out most Americans.  Mini dental implants can offer a solution at a different price point.  The procedure to place a mini dental implant is very simple and lots of the surgery and recovery time has been removed.  With less surgery comes less cost to the patient.

What are Mini Dental Implants made out of?

Mini dental implants are made of the same Titanium alloy as the larger traditional implants.  They have the same surface coatings to allow for them to fuse to your jaw bones; and they do. 

Are Mini Implants less expensive?

With the advent of the one piece mini dental implant there are no additional parts and pieces to buy.  A typical traditional dental implant consists of the screw that will act as the root of the missing tooth.  The dentist then has to purchase an additional part called the abutment.  The abutment is what comes up out of the gum and hold the crown or denture in place.  Since the mini dental implant is one piece there is no additional fee, the abutment is built right into the implant.

Are Mini Implants Strong?

The mini dental implant is a solid one piece Titanium alloy screw.  The traditional implant is hollow in the center to allow the attachment of the abutment with a screw.  Thus a mini implant can be just as strong as a larger two piece implant since there is no screw hole in the center.  You decide what is stronger a hollow tube or a solid tube?

Can Mini Dental Implants be used where there has been bone loss?

Absolutely.  That is one of the key benefits of the mini implant.  Due to its small size it can be inserted into areas where traditional implants would not be possible.