What are Mini Dental Implants?

What are Mini Dental Implants? Dentist Grand Rapids, MI

Don’t want to wait months for full-sized dental implants? Ask our dentist if you’re a candidate for mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants don't need as much bone density in the jaw to work. Dr. Yun can also place them in one appointment with minimal recovery.

Here's what else you need to know about mini dental implants.

How Mini Implants Work

A mini dental implant has a ball at the end so your tooth replacement can snap into place. The crown that gives you the look of a natural tooth will have a socket underneath. This allows it to create a secure attachment with the implant.

Benefits of Mini Dental Implants

We can place mini dental implants in one appointment. Many of our patients appreciate that they don’t have to wait months to start showing off their new smiles.

While full-sized dental implants are between 3.4 and 5.8 mm wide, mini implants are only to 1.8 to 3.0 mm in diameter. Since mini dental implants are smaller, they don’t need as much bone density to work.

Uses for Mini Dental Implants

Do you need to replace one tooth or several? Either way, our dentist can use mini dental implants to restore your smile.

If you have lost a few teeth, Dr. Yun may recommend a dental bridge or denture supported by implants. Unlike conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures don’t slip when you eat, talk, or smile. Instead, you can enjoy a smile that looks and feels natural.

Candidates for Mini Dental Implants

If you’ve recently lost one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend mini dental implants. Most people are candidates for the mini implant procedure, especially if you lack the bone density needed for full-sized implants.

Tooth roots exert pressure your jawbone needs to stay healthy. Without this pressure, the body starts to reabsorb the minerals in your jaw to use elsewhere.

To your body, there’s no point in having a jawbone if there are no teeth to support. A mini implant solves this problem by exerting pressure on the jaw like a natural tooth root.

Care for Mini Implants

Care for your mini implants like you would natural teeth. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. We may also recommend using a fluoride mouth rinse if we discover plaque and tartar buildup. Fluoride will help strengthen your remaining natural teeth.

It has always been our goal to help patients achieve their best smiles. Before you leave our office, we’ll give you all the information you need to take care of your mini dental implants. If you have any questions after the procedure, please don’t hesitate to call our office.

Request an Appointment With Dr. Yun

Dr. Yun is an experienced dental implant dentist in Grand Rapids, MI. As such, he and his team would be more than happy to help you explore your tooth replacement options. To schedule an appointment, call the NorthPointe Family Dental & Implant Center at (616) 288-6134.

This blog post has been updated.