Patients who do not qualify for traditional dental implants due to insufficient jawbone tissue or who do not want to undergo a bone grafting procedure may want to consider the benefits of mini dental implants. These restorations allow for a less complex surgery and quicker recovery time. At Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Sumter, SC, our doctors can place both mini and traditional dental implants. We also provide highly aesthetic implant-supported restorations to repair lost dental function and restore the appearance of your smile. 

What Are Mini Implants?

traditional and mini implantsSimilar to traditional implants, mini dental implants are made out of titanium and can be embedded into your jawbone to support crowns, bridges, or dentures. The tops of mini implants are rounded and fit into a socket on the restoration using a rubber o-ring. Mini implants have a smaller diameter than regular implants, allowing more patients to experience the benefits of implant-supported restorations. 

Explore Your Candidacy

Due to their size, traditional implants require a significant amount of jawbone tissue. Patients with insufficient bone tissue due to age, tooth loss, or osteoporosis may find a solution for replacing their missing teeth with mini implants. If you have a low tolerance for surgery, mini implants may be a better option for you than traditional implants as the placement procedure is quicker and less complex. 

Since mini implants require less bone for support, patients with insufficient jawbone density can still receive an implant-supported restoration without the need for a bone grafting or sinus lift procedure.

However, miniature implants do not offer the same level of stability as traditional implants. Since regular implants are larger and placed in dense bone, they tend to last longer and provide better support. If you grind or clench your teeth, mini implants may not be right for you. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for mini implants is to schedule an initial consultation at Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We can take detailed scans and x-rays of your jaw and recommend the optimal treatment plan for you. 

Implant Placement 

In many cases, mini dental implants can be placed in a single office visit under local anesthesia or light sedation. Since mini dental implants feature a screw instead of a post, they can be inserted directly through the gums into the jaw. The one-step placement procedure does not require flap surgery, sutures, or bone grafting. 

Benefits of Miniature Implants

Mini dental implants act as artificial tooth roots and provide enhanced stability for crowns, dentures, or bridges. They also stimulate your jawbone to prevent the tissue deterioration common after tooth loss. Since mini implants require less bone for support, patients with insufficient jawbone density can still receive an implant-supported restoration without the need for a bone grafting or sinus lift procedure. In some cases, we can provide same-day restorations for mini implant patients so you can enjoy a fully restored smile without attending multiple follow-up appointments. 

Caring for Your Mini Implants

You can care for your mini implant-supported restoration the same way you would for your natural teeth by flossing once a day and brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. You may need to use special flossing tools to ensure you reach every surface of your restoration. 

Restore Your Smile

If you have been told you do not qualify for an implant-supported restoration, you may still be a candidate for mini dental implants. Call Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at (803) 469-3555 (Tahoe office) or (803) 773-5411 (Guignard office) or contact us online to find out if mini implants can help restore the form and function of your smile today.