Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This offers many benefits, and they can also be used in situations where regular implants cannot. If an implant needs to be placed in a narrow space, mini implants are the preferred method because of their smaller size.
One of the main uses of mini dental implants is to help hold a full upper or lower denture in place. A series of mini implants (4-6) are placed into the jaw through the gum and the denture is then attachted to the heads of the implants which protrude through the gum and into the mouth. Rather than placing a single implant for a single tooth, an entire lower or upper set of teeth are directly attached to the implants.
The small size of mini implants often means that no incision needs to be made to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period, and the restoration can usually be placed right away or only a short time after.
Mini implants are also less expensive than regular implants. Only your dentist knows if mini implants are right for you, so call us at (724) 439-1616 for your consultation today.