A mini implant, also known as small diameter implant (SDI), can be used as a long-term anchor for a crown when space is limited or can be used to secure a lower denture.
Benefits Of Mini Implants
Mini implants have several advantages over traditional implants, which may include:
- Implantation procedure is much less invasive
- Less expensive than standard-size dental implants in some cases.
- Provide a good implant option for senior citizens
Many patients use mini implants to replace small teeth and incisors, or teeth in narrow areas of the mouth. Mini implants work best as anchors for lower dentures, and are about half the price of regular implants.
The Mini Implant Procedure
Mini implants are titanium cylinders that act as a tooth root for a crown, or to secure a lower denture. Regular implants require three to six months of osseointegration, the process in which the implant fuses with the bone. However, mini implants can be placed directly into the underlying bone, in one sitting, in a simple procedure that takes less than two hours. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia or light sedation to reduce any discomfort.
Most patients experience immediate results from mini implants and can often eat within a few hours. In many cases, there are no sutures used in this procedure.
Risks And Complications Of Mini Implants
Mini implants are considered safer than traditional implants because of the shorter procedure time and the elimination of the osseointegration process. Infection, bleeding, gum damage and other problems are considered rare.