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Mini Implants

A mini implant, also known as a mini dental implant (MDI), is a smaller version of a traditional dental implant. It is used to replace missing teeth or ensure the stability of dental prostheses such as crowns or bridges. Mini implants share the same basic concept as regular dental implants, but they differ in their size, design and application.

Some key features and uses of mini implants:

1. Size: Mini implants have a smaller diameter compared to traditional implants, typically between 1.8 and 3.0 millimeters. They are also shorter in length, usually around 10 to 15 millimeters.
2. Construction: Mini implants are usually made of titanium, similar to regular implants. They consist of a titanium post or screw placed in the jawbone and a small protruding ball or socket attached above the gum line.
3. Placement: Mini implants are designed to be placed through less invasive procedures than standard implants. In most cases, they can be placed directly into the jawbone without the need for complex bone grafting or extensive surgery.
4. Stability and function: Although mini implants do not provide the same level of stability as regular implants, they still offer adequate support for dental restorations. They help fix dentures, bridges or crowns in place, improving their stability and function.
5. Procedure Time: Mini implants can generally be placed and restored in a shorter time frame than traditional implants. Some cases even allow immediate placement and loading, meaning the restoration can be attached to the implant the same day.
Mini implants are generally used in the following situations:
1. Denture fixation: Mini implants can be used to fix loose or ill-fitting dentures. Implants are strategically placed in the jawbone, and the prosthetic tooth is equipped with parts attached to the implant heads, providing greater retention and stability.
2. Single tooth restoration: In cases where a small tooth is missing or needs to be replaced, a mini implant can be placed to support the single tooth crown.
3. Limited bone volume: When there is limited bone volume or density in the jawbone, mini implants are preferred because they require less bone for implantation.

It is important to remember that mini implants may not be suitable for every case. Factors such as bone quality, oral health, and the need for specific restorations will determine whether mini implants are a suitable treatment option. A comprehensive examination and consultation by an experienced dentist will help determine the best approach to treating missing teeth or fixing their prosthetics.

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