Dental implants have become one of the preferred methods of replacing missing teeth. However, conventional dental implants are not for everyone and mini implants offer an alternative option. They are the same as conventional implants but as the name suggests, are much smaller, 2.9mm in diameter or less (to be precise!). Where as conventional dental implants can range from 3.5mm to 8mm.
The downside to their petite structure is that there is a limit to what force they can withstand and therefore, mini implants have a shorter lifespan. Patients should expect to get around a 6–9-year success from mini dental implants, in comparison to conventional implants that should be successful for over 15 years or much more if maintained correctly. Mini dental implants can fail before this time period, just like normal implants, which is normally due to not cleaning them correctly or medical conditions.
Mini dental implants are more commonly used to stabilise dentures and are generally suited to older patients that may have lost teeth in the past (which promotes bone loss) and in turn means if conventional implants are to be considered, bone grafting may be required. This is a more invasive procedure an older patient may not want to endure. Mini implants could be a better option here.
An older person, wearing dentures, would not be eating the same sort of foods as a younger person, with natural teeth, in turn not putting the same force on their implants, which again, is a reason mini implants are a suitable option.
Benefits of mini dental implants
They are quick and easy to place. Compared to conventional dental implants, minis are quicker and easier to place, and without needing to make an incision in the gum or place stiches. The actual procedure can be as quick as 30 minutes.
Healing time is quick. Because the mini is less invasive the healing time is minimal.
Less discomfort. Having a conventional dental implant can be uncomfortable after the surgery for a few days to a week. With mini dental implants, the discomfort is minimal and usually confined to a few days.
It is cheaper. Compared with normal dental implants, mini implants are considerably cheaper.
How are mini dental implants done?
You will need a full consultation so our dentist can check your mouth and discuss your medical history.
A 3D x-ray will be taken to check your jawbone and determine if mini implants are suitable for you.
Once a treatment plan is agreed, you will be provided with the plan and fees in a letter.
The surgical appointment can then be booked. The procedure will usually take 45 minutes to 1 hour to allow for set up and post-operative advice.
Local anaesthetic is given to numb the gums. Mini implant sites are prepared, and the implants are placed gently by hand screwing them into the jaw. There is minimal post-operative discomfort.
If you are considering mini dental implant treatment, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your options further.