Mini dental implants (or MDIs) have a diameter of less than two millimeters, as opposed to the four to five millimeter diameter of standard implants. The smaller size means that mini dental implants are far less expensive. More important, however, the smaller size means that they can be inserted more easily, require less healing time, and thus can be used more quickly to secure dental crowns, bridges, or full dentures. Standard dental implants require multiple incisions that must be sutured up, and that can require months of healing before they can be actually used.
One of the biggest uses for mini dental implants is to secure full upper or lower dentures. The use of mini dental implants for this purpose is often called a Denture Stabilization System.
This is a benefit for new and experienced denture wearers, who often cannot get used to traditional, unsecured dentures. Once the dentures have been secured to the implants, wearers report that they have more confidence when speaking and eating, and that they no longer have to worry about the feeling that either their upper dentures will fall out or that the lower ones will “float.” They may also be able to eat foods they have been unable to eat for years, and no longer need to use denture adhesives or pastes.
What can you expect if you get mini dental implants?
If your dentist determines that the bones of your jaw are healthy enough to support implants, providers of mini dental implants say that the implantation can be performed quickly and easily in the dentist’s office. The procedure itself, performed under local anesthesia, can be completed in under an hour, using a single-step procedure that requires neither the multiple incisions of standard implants, nor the months of healing that they require. No stitches or sutures are required. In many cases patients can walk out of the office after a single visit with a pair of secured dentures, held firmly in place by the new mini dental implants.