Your dentist suggests mini dental implants. Now you're thinking, "Are these just teeny tiny versions of the real thing?" In a way yes. Obviously, by the name, mini implants are smaller than the traditional version. But, that doesn't mean they aren't as effective or only fill smaller jobs. In some cases, these types of implants are actually better options. What are the advantages of a mini dental implant system (also known as MDI)?
Less lengthy procedure time.
MDIs are placed in the mouth much like conventional implants. The dental professional uses a titanium implant to act as your tooth's new root in the gum tissue. The denture or crown is then placed on top, securing it into your mouth. This is all done in the office in one day. In contrast, regular-sized implants often take multiple appointments to complete the entire procedure.
You don't need as much support.
The smaller size of a mini implant means that you don't need as much bone for support. Why is this an advantage? Some patients have bone loss or don't have the enough jaw bone to hold a larger implant. If this is the case, an MDI is an option that allows you to restore your smile. This makes the mini version ideal for anyone who wasn't a candidate for traditional implants in the past (due to lack of jaw bone structure).
A lower cost.
The smaller size of an MDI often equals a smaller cost. While prices vary depending on your dentist's charge, the implant manufacturer's cost and what your insurance pays, in general, a mini version is a more affordable option than the larger one. Why? For one thing, your dentist is spending less time putting the implant in. Along with this, the actual implant is smaller—making it less costly to manufacture.
Just because they're small, doesn't mean that MDI's won't last long. Like the larger option, mini implants are meant to act as permanent fixes for lost teeth. They'll complete your smile and eliminate the need for removable devices such as dentures.
They're easy to customize.
Whether you need one tooth, two teeth or a row of them replaced, mini implants can work for you. These permanent devices can stabilize a loose denture (securing it to the jaw underneath) or create an entire new smile.
If you're considering getting implants, the mini version offers advantages that may outweigh the traditional type. Keep in mind, only a qualified dental professional can advise you on what works best for your specific situation.