Typically identical to traditional dental implants, mini implants are smaller in diameter (around 2 millimeters wide) and are used mainly for stabilizing the lower denture. Mini implants are an ideal treatment option for patients who can’t withstand the rigors of full sized implant surgery, don’t have enough jawbone to support a full sized implant, or are seeking a more affordable implant option.
The Mini Dental Implant Procedure
Mini implants can be placed in office using a local anesthesia. In most cases, the procedure can be completed in one office visit and within two hours. The dental implant is inserted into your jawbone using a precise technique. The implant is fitted with a head shaped like a ball. This is where the dentures will anchor in the mouth, snapping firmly in place as they rest on the gum tissue.
Because mini dental implants are less invasive than traditional dental implants, there is a much smaller healing period. Within a few days, you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods and talk with ease. And, because of the snug fit there will no longer be any need for messy pastes or creams!