If you’re missing teeth but normal implants aren’t an option, mini dental implants may be the solution.
It’s important to get teeth replaced, not just for esthetic reasons but for your oral health as well.
A mini dental implant is a type of implant that is often used in the lower jaw to stabilize dentures. Housings with O-rings are placed over each mini implant. They are also used at times for single tooth replacements or even multiple tooth replacements with crowns or bridges made over them. Their design has two parts to it—a titanium post with a ball at the end. The crowns are then secured onto the ball and further secured with a rubber O-ring.
Mini dental implants vs normal dental implants
Mini dental implants are different than normal implants because of their size and design. Compared to standard implants, mini dental implants are smaller. Normal implants have a diameter of greater than 3.1 mm, whereas most mini dental implants measure less than 3.0 mm in diameter.
Also, compared to the standard kind, mini dental implants are simpler in design. Where the traditional ones are designed with a post that has an abutment attached to it, which the crown then attaches to, MDIs consist of a post with a ball at one end and a rubber O-ring that secures the crowns.
Another main difference is that mini dental implants protrude over the gum surface when they are placed into the bone, and normal implants are placed under the gums.
Mini implants may be a better alternative for medically compromised patients, those with smaller spaces to replace, and for financial reasons.