What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are much smaller than traditional dental implants (1.8 millimeters), and are used for long-term denture stabilization. Many patients who are apprehensive about the amount of time required for traditional dental implants are pleasantly surprised to learn that mini implants can be placed and loaded in as little as one day. With less surgery, there is also less cost for the patient. Saving time and money on mini dental implants is a great option for patients who are good candidates.
Is the Mini Dental Implant FDA approved?
Yes. Both fixed mini dental implants (used for crowns and bridges) and removable mini dental implants (used for partial and full dentures) have been approved by the FDA for public use.
When can Mini Dental Implants be used?
When critically needed for support purposes, and where solid bony adaptation (integration) has clearly occurred, mini implants can function as long-term supporting structures rather than as short-term or medium term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients’ jaws for several decades. In the past several years, some clinicians have been utilizing MDI’s for single tooth replacements and in crown and bridge cases. Due to the small size of mini dental implants, they can be used in areas that traditional implants cannot.