Though they are not as well known as conventional dental implants, mini implants are being used successfully in the San Diego area to improve smiles.
Like their larger diameter counterparts, mini implants can support a restoration for one or more missing teeth or replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit significantly from these slip-free dental implants that are implanted securely in the jaw bone.
In some cases, a patient is unable to receive conventional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also mini implant patients who are not able to undergo dental implant surgery due to health issues. These patients are often excellent candidates for the mini version.
The placement of toothpick-size mini dental implants can sometimes be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if required, is usually very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.