More and more patients with missing teeth due to oral disease, trauma, and aging are opting for dental implants for their effectiveness and durability. Apart from the traditional type of dental implants, today’s dentistry also offers a small-sized type of implants, widely known as a mini dental implant. So what is it and what advantages over traditional dental implants can receivers get?

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Read on right now with Sydney Dental to have your questions answered and determine if mini dental implants are the right option for you.

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1. What is a mini dental implant?

Mini dental implants are implants made in smaller size than normal implants, like that of a toothpick or a pencil lead. Generally speaking, a mini dental implant procedure is less surgically invasive than other types of dental implants.

A mini dental implant may be a good fit for you if you have substantial bone loss or have very little jawbone. It is also ideal if you have loose dentures that need stabilizing so they won’t slide when eating or speaking.

2. Who can receive mini dental implants?

Although they come with many benefits, mini dental implants are not a good fit for every patient, particularly those who have:

  • a developing mouth. The reason is that the implant can be covered by the bone as they grow;
  • bruxism, a term for teeth grinding or clenching;
  • receded or damaged gums;
  • underlying health conditions, including bone disorders, periodontitis, diabetes, vascular conditions, hemophilia and other clotting disorders, as well as any conditions that disrupt healing of the wound and bone;
  • have severely decayed teeth and significant bone loss – even though mini implants don’t require as much jawbone, some bone density is needed.

Risk factors from a person’s lifestyle and medication can also reduce their candidacy for mini dental implants, such as when you:

  • smoke;
  • practice poor oral hygiene;
  • take blood thinners;
  • are on any medications that hurt healing of bone;
  • on radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
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mini dental implant

3. What are the advantages of getting mini dental implants?

Dental implants of mini sizes can replace a missing tooth or several teeth and give support to dentures. The perks that a patient can receive from these implants are the following:

Less invasiveness

Insertion of mini implants only requires the use of a numbing medication. The procedure is far less invasive than normal implants and also less painful and uncomfortable.

Shorter healing phase

Many patients have a faster recovery phase thanks to the small size of mini implants and the less invasive procedure.

More affordable

Mini implants are charged at varying rates, nonetheless, they are usually more affordable than normal-sized implants.

Less jawbone required

As mini implants are smaller, they don’t require as much jawbone density as normal implants to support the top artificial tooth. This means they are a good option for those who have jawbone loss as a result of tooth cavities, trauma, or osteoporosis.

No need of a bone graft surgery

Patients that don’t have enough jawbone to support normal-sized implants are usually recommended a bone grafting procedure. Full healing from this surgery may require up to a year. With mini implants, a bone graft is not necessary.

Faster treatment results

Mini dental implant is a same-day procedure whereas traditional implants require several separate visits, the first for placing the implants, second to attach abutment, and another for mounting the top prosthesis.

Fitting to smaller spaces in the mouth

With their small size, these implants can fit into narrow areas in the mouth and are ideal for those with smaller jaws.

More durable than dental bridges and dentures

Alternatives for tooth restoration such as dental bridges and dentures are only temporary fixes as they need to be repaired or substituted after a few to 10 years. Mini implants, on the other hand, can last tens of years with proper maintenance.

Prevent misaligned jaws

As mini implants are secured in the jawbone, they help preserve your bite and hence your facial shape.

4. What happens during a mini dental implant procedure?

First off, the dentist will conduct an X-ray to see where to place the mini implant in your mouth. After X-ray, they will:

  • Numb your jaw and gums up using local anesthesia;
  • Drill a small access hole into your jaw using a specialized tool;
  • Plant the mini metal post into the access hole;
  • Tighten and secure the post;
  • Attach a prosthesis to the post;
  • Check to make sure that the top restoration is in place.

In many cases, no access hole is needed as the threads from the metal post hold onto the jawbone. Furthermore, no sutures are needed for mini dental implants.

The detailed procedure varies slightly, depending upon your dental state and needs. Those who need multiple mini implants will have all the posts placed before the artificial teeth are bound.

mini dental implant
mini dental implant

5. What to expect during recovery from mini dental implants?

Recovering from mini implants is a fast and trouble-free process. Most patients return to their normal activities after 1 to 2 days after surgery. Most of the time, they don’t even need a follow-up with the dentist.

Nonetheless, mini implant receivers may experience some soreness and pain after the procedure. This can be managed with OTC pain medications and ice packs. The dentist may also give you some medication to reduce any discomfort.

During your recovery, try to limit sticky and hard foods to minimize the risk of loose or moving mini implants. Go with liquids or soft foods, like mashed potatoes, apple sauce, soups, and smoothies. Consult with your dentist to know when you can resume your routine diet. Contact the dentist right away if you have unexpected symptoms following mini implants, including:

  • Pain that won’t go away after days;
  • Severe pain;
  • Jaw numbness;
  • Loose or moving implants.

6. A note from Sydney Dental

Hopefully after this read with Sydney Dental you have grasped a good understanding of mini dental implants, their benefits, and candidacy to decide if they are something for you. If you are still unsure of which treatment to go with for a new unforgettably stunning smile, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. Your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!


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