What are Mini Implants?
Mini implants are defined by their being thinner than regular dental implants – here at 03 Dental we have used them in many cases. Like standard implants, they provide denture stabilisation but at a lower cost and may have a shorter lifespan.
How are Mini Implants used?
In most cases, patients will need 6 in the upper jaw and 4 in the lower jaw. They can generally be fitted in a single visit where the mini-implants are placed and the denture is fixed.
What are the benefits of Mini Implants?
- As mini implants are easier to create than standard implants, they are less expensive; the titanium screw used is smaller, contributing to the lower cost.
- They can be fitted in a single visit (a further contributing factor to the lower cost). Walk in and walk out of 03 Dental with a brand new smile!
- Despite not being as long-lasting as their larger counterparts, mini implants are still tough and last an average of 7 years if well looked-after.
- A less complex procedure to undergo.
- Mini implants are suitable for most types of denture retention cases.
- The amount of bone required for mini implants is significantly less than what is required for standard implants. This means that patients who have less bone and who do not wish to undergo a bone graft do not need to. You can read more about the bone grafting process here.
Caring for Mini Implants
Mini implants can be looked after in the same way that you would care for your natural teeth. This means brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing regularly to remove lodged pieces of food which can lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar. If you require advice about maintaining a healthy mouth and teeth, please ask Mr Flanagan.
Mini implants were developed principally by IMTEC Corp, USA and Mr Flanagan previously worked closely with the former Vice-President of IMTEC for several years, gaining extensive experience around mini implants. At 03 Dental we now use LODI mini-implants, the next generation of mini dental implants.
If you would like to know more about why replacing a missing tooth is essential to your health, please read our blog ‘What happens if I fail to replace a missing tooth’.
If you would like more information about dental implants at 03 Dental, please do not hesitate to get in touch.