Saint Louis Dentist Reviews Common Uses Of Mini Dental Implants

Written by Dr. Grayem on Feb 3, 2017

Dental implant technology helps people suffering from tooth loss regain healthy and attractive smiles in a short period of time. Mini dental implants often take a backseat to traditional implants, but the truth is mini implants are just as useful, and perhaps even more versatile!

Keep reading to learn more from our Saint Louis mini dental implant dentists

We use the term “mini dental implant” to refer to titanium implant roots that are between 1.8 and 3.3 mm in diameter. Full-sized dental implant roots can be as big 5.8 mm in diameter.

Mini dental implants can be used just like full-sized dental implant to anchor individual restorations, which are designed to look like natural teeth. When you use implant technology in this way, you use one implant to replace and individual missing tooth.

Another way to utilize mini dental implant technology is to use implant roots to anchor larger dental prostheses. So, for example, our team can affix a full denture in a patient’s mouth using only a few strategically placed mini implant roots. Implant-stabilized dentures and bridges stay in place permanently; many dental patients love the stability and peace of mind that implant-stabilized prostheses make possible.

Implant-stabilized dentures are fitted with sockets at the base of the prosthesis. These sockets fit over small ball joints on the titanium mini implant roots. Once complete, this restorative treatment delivers exceptionally natural looking and feeling results.

It can take months to complete full-sized dental implant treatment, because your bone tissue needs time to heal after the titanium implant root has been inserted. However, mini dental implant treatment can usually be completed in just one or two appointments, and this type of treatment requires very little post-treatment recovery time.

Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are here to give you all of the information that you need about all of your dental implant treatment options. Please reach out to our team when you are ready to get started!