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Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are immediately-loaded, require a less intense procedure and have a much faster healing time compared to traditional, endosteal implants.

Average costs are usually £5,000

If you’re a suitable candidate for mini implants, you could leave our clinic with a new smile and newfound confidence within hours of the procedure, which is carried out chairside under local anaesthetic.

Mini or midi implants act like miniature tooth roots and connect to prosthetics like crowns and dentures to replace either one tooth or to fix a full set of acrylic dentures securely. 

No surgery

Mini implants do not require surgery, as is typical with other traditional full-mouth rehabilitation cases. Only local anaesthetic is used to numb the area of implantation.

Fewer visits

Placed using less-invasive techniques over the gum surface when placed in the bone, compared to endosteal implants being placed under the gums.

Immediately loaded

Mini implants are immediately loaded and implanted chairside with no drilling of the bone, stitches or prolonged healing periods as seen with traditional dental implants.

Made for dentures

Mini dental implants, placed 5mm apart in the patient’s mandible, allow a patient’s denture to be adjusted and clipped onto the four mini implants for a better, secure fit.

Mini Implant Guide

Discover everything you need to know about mini implants to identify whether you’ll be a good candidate for treatment. Mini implants aren’t right for everyone or all kinds of tooth loss, so it’s important to know what they can and cannot do before you get too excited that it might be perfect for you.

How to care for a mini implant

They’ll require the same incredible care and routine of natural teeth. Mini implant patients should brush their teeth twice a day, floss once a day and ensure regular visits to the dentist and hygienist. 

How long do they last?

Mini implants can be typically used a temporary solution as unlike regular implants, they do not last as long. Mini implants typically last up 6-9 years because they’re more susceptible to wear.

Mini implants do not last as long as conventional implants because of a lower bite force, which increases their probability of breaking.

What do they look like?

Mini dental implants have a similar structure to conventional implants, however, as the name suggests, they’re smaller and feature a one-piece screw that’s 3mm in diameter.

At the end of the implant will be a ball-shaped end, which will protrude from the jawbone and fix to your final prostheses. Conventional implant heads hide under the gums.

What they are suitable for

There’s two instances where mini implants are typically recommended. For example, mini implants can replace a single tooth that’s either a incisor, canine or premolar. Traditional implants are mostly recommended to replace a molar or rear tooth.

Whilst mini implants can be used to support dental bridges, they’re more commonly used to secure dentures and prevent them from slipping out of place. Mini dental implants are often used to retain dentures, where they’ll still be removable, but offer a better support when clipped in.

Mini implants go in places where conventional implants can’t. For example, if you have a lack of jawbone density to support a full-sized implant, a mini implant might be an alternative. However, bear in mind, it’s not a completely graftless procedure, and you’ll still require an adequate amount of bone.

The mini implant procedure

The mini implant placement procedure is a one-step process that’s achieved chairside under local anaesthetic. 

Using minimally invasive techniques, the implant dentist will place the mini implants slightly into the jawbone, with the heads still protruding from the gum line. These implants will either hold the crown or denture. As a comparison, conventional dentures hide under the gums.

The mini implant, following placement, can be immediately loaded, with the patient’s current denture used as a provisional prosthesis to cut costs.

Conventional implants take longer as they are among the few tooth replacement methods that promote bone density and decelerate bone resorption, so they can take multiple appointments and several months to place.

Browse alternatives to fixing dentures or full arch replacement: Implant-Retained Dentures & All-on-Four.

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