Miniature dental implants are approximatley half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. Though it is smaller, it does offer many benefits and they can also be used in situations where regular implants cannot be. If an implant needs to be positioned in a narrow place, miniature implants are the preferred method because of their smaller, compact size.
One of the main uses for mini implants is to situate a full lower or upper denture. A series of miniature implants (4-6) are placed along the gum line and serve as the base of the denture. Rather than placing a single implant for a single tooth, a whole upper or lower set of teeth are directly connected to the gum line.
The small size of miniature implants frequently means that no opening needs to be created to position the implant. They can usually be lodged directly through the gum into the bone. This removes the requirement for a recovery period, and the restoration can generally be placed right away or only a short time period after.
Miniature implants are also less expensive than regular implants. However, only your dentist knows if they are right for you, so call for your consultation today.