Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants, commonly referred to as MDIs, are miniature titanium dental implants that act as tooth root replacements. An MDI is significantly thinner compared to a traditional dental implant, and they were originally designed to help hold dentures in place. The procedure to get mini dental implants is relatively quick, they are also referred to as Same Day Implants. To read more about Same Day Implants or Single Day Implants, click here.
About Mini Dental Implants
How Do Mini Dental Implants Work?
The mini dental implant is a single-piece titanium screw that has a head shaped like a ball instead of the traditional abutment on top. The ball-shape of the MDI’s head allows it to ‘snap’ into the socket of your denture or your replacement tooth.
The connection between the MDI and the prosthetic uses a single rubber o-ring that sits inside the socket of the connector. The rubber o-ring adds retaining force to help hold the dentures or the prosthetic tooth in place when you do everyday activities, such as talking, eating and so on. By applying more force than you normally would to chew, the denture or replacement tooth can be removed.
Using mini dental implants is now a common procedure to replace teeth, the process has gotten much easier and the success rate has continued to increase over the years. Due to ease of the implant procedure and the very high success rates, dentists have discovered other uses for the mini dental implants. One use would be as an option for a regular dental implant in very simple cases or for a single tooth replacement where the force on the implant will not be too great.
The Advantages of Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are much smaller in size compared to traditional implants. MDIs are about 2mm large, compared to 4mm to 6mm for regular sized implants. The smaller size of mini dental implants all them to be maneuvered and positioned in locations that are too narrow or small for a regular dental implant.
Mini dental implants cost much less when compared to conventional implants, and this is a major reason why MDIs are so popular. An MDI can cost up to 60% less than a conventional dental implant.
Getting Mini Dental Implants
The procedure to place a dental implant mini is completed in a single stage, whereas a conventional dental implant is completed in two separate stages over the span of a few months (or longer is some cases). Mini dental implants can be placed in as little as 2 hours, and it is not an invasive type of surgical procedure, there is no cutting of your gums, and no stitches will need to be taken out.
The procedure itself is very quick. It involves drilling a tiny pilot hole in your jaw bone, and the mini dental implants are screwed in until the ball head is all that shows. If a denture will be mounted on to your dental mini implants, you may need some additional preparation to put the connectors for the dentures in their correct positions.
If the mini dental implants are placed for other uses, such as a tooth replacement, then the dentist will prepare and restore your implant to the final look before placing it in your mouth.
This advance in modern dental health allows us to see the dentist during the morning and have the mini dental implant completed in roughly an hour or so. These are called Single Day Implants or Same Day Implants. You can leave the dental office with dentures that are stable and secure, held in place by mini dental implants.