When Are Mini Dental Implants the Best Choice?

woman with mini dental implants shows off her smileMini dental implants offer more options for restoring your smile. This allows you to get replacement teeth that are perfect for your anatomy, potentially without the need for bone grafting, sinus lift, or other procedures to improve bone volume.

  • Bone loss prevents the use of traditional implants
  • Placement restrictions limit traditional implant use
  • Multiple implants are being used to anchor a crown, bridge, or denture Bite force remains within the capacity of mini implants

Mini implants are a great alternative to bone grafting and similar procedures in some situations.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini implants are what their name implies, a little smaller than the normal implants. Technically, implants are classed as “mini” if they are 3.0 mm (less than 1/8 inch) in diameter or less, while traditional implants are 3.7 mm in diameter or more. In the past, these two classes of implants were more distinct, but today there are hybrid implants that bridge the gap, allowing us to choose just the right size for your procedure.

Otherwise, mini implants are similar to traditional implants. Both are made of titanium. Both have surface coatings to help integration with the jawbone. Both can support dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. And with both mini and traditional implants, you can sometimes get your finished tooth the same day of the procedure.

Find an Implant Dentist You Can Trust

When it comes to the issue of mini implants or traditional implants, it’s important to leave this decision up to your implant dentist. Your implant dentist is going to be in the best position to make the difficult judgments necessary to give you the best chance of getting attractive and healthy implants.

That’s why it’s best to consider multiple implant dentists before committing to one. And if your implant dentist gives you a treatment plan, it’s best to get a second opinion before committing to the plan.

If you are looking for an implant dentist in Irvine, please contact our restorative dentistry care team at (949) 551-5902.