Mini Dental Implant
Dental implants come in a few different sizes, standard (regular) root form, midi (also called hybrid), and the mini dental implant. They are basically classified according the size of the implant itself, and are typically composed of titanium. A mini implant is the smallest type of dental implant, it is much smaller and thinner compared to a regular dental implant. In fact the mini tooth implants are cheaper. The dental implant method itself is less invasive, the healing period is fast and the process takes less time to complete the procedure.
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Mini dental implants come in four sizes: 1.8 mm, 2.1 mm, 2.4 mm and the 2.9 mm and each of them comes in 4 lengths: 10 mm, 13 mm, 15 mm and also 18 mm. A 2.9 mm mini implant is called the “hybrid” because it is almost the size of the smallest root form implant, but it can be positioned with the use of a simplified surgical procedure.
The mini dental implants, also called MDIs, are screws that are just about the size of a toothpick. MDIs can be put in the bone with no incision on the top of the ridge. The dentist will make a hole then screw the mini implants in place. The size of these implants is 1.8 mm, 2.1 mm or 2.4 mm in thickness. These are positioned with the use of a single pilot drill of 1.1mm thickness.
About the Midi Dental Implant
The hybrids are utilized solely for the softer bone that can be found on the upper arch of your mouth, while the smaller diameter implants are used for the more compressed type of bone. The dentist chooses its length by determining the number of vertical bones that is accessible to hold the implant. A thicker cortical bone is paired with a shorter and thinner implant. Usually, four mini implants are positioned in the anterior portion of the lower jaw.
Midi implants are bigger than MDIs, but smaller than standard implants. Hybrid implants are about 3 mm in diameter and about half mm smaller than the smallest standardized root form implant. Their positioning may require a full thickness flap, or a hole made using soft tissue punch. This procedure necessitates a pilot drill, succeeded by a single shaping drill. It may be placed right away particularly if it will be situated on the dense bone of the lower jaw. But it is highly recommended by the manufacturers to wait for at least 2 months before placing any load on the implant.
About the Standard Root Form Implant
Standard root form implants, also called Maxi implants, involves a full depth flaps (a small hole incised in the soft tissue using tissue punch), is in between 3.3mm and 6mm in diameter, and entails a pilot drill succeeding a chain of large shaping drills. These are usually done after 4 to 6 months to prevent any movement in the implant during the assimilation.
Advantages of the Mini Dental Implant
A Mini Dental Implant Heals Quickly
The procedure for the MDI is much quicker than the other two types of implants. This is due to its small size. The hole it will be inserted into does not need to be very large at all, which mess less drilling, and a much smaller hole in the gum and bone. The implant will integrate with the bone just like the other implants, but the MDI will fuse more quickly since it is smaller. This translates into a very short healing period. The MDI can actually be loaded with a temporary prosthetic the same day it is inserted. A month later, once the jaw has healed, your permanent prosthetic will be attached.
A Mini Dental Implant Cost Less
Because an MDI is smaller, it needs less material when it is being manufactured. It is just as strong as its larger cousins because it is still composed of titanium. But since mini dental implants are so small, less titanium is used, which means a lower cost to manufacture, which translates into a lower price for you.