Dental Implants for Minimal Jawbone Structure

After suffering tooth loss, you may experience the gradual degradation of your jawbone structure, or jawbone erosion, due to the loss of your teeth roots. Without all of the roots, your jawbone experiences less stimulation, and therefore, it receives fewer minerals and nutrients. Because of this, patients may not always immediately qualify for traditional dental implants. They may require jawbone grafting to bolster the jaw’s strength and integrity, or they may benefit from mini dental implants or small diameter implant posts.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini dental implants are implant posts that are designed specifically to utilize a minimal amount of jawbone structure for support. They’re thinner than traditional implant posts, but still able to withstand an appropriate amount of bite pressure to support your implant restoration. For some patients, this may help them avoid the need for jawbone grafting or a sinus lift before receiving their dental implants. It can also help promote faster and more successful jawbone growth and regeneration for more minimally invasive jawbone fortification.

The Benefits of Mini Implants

Because they offer even more minimally invasive treatment, mini implants can benefit your smile restoration in several ways, including:

  • Avoiding extensive & invasive prerequisite surgical procedures
  • Rebuilding your smile long after having lost teeth
  • Enjoying all the benefits of a dental implant restoration
  • Faster implant placement, restoration, and healing
  • And much more

What About Small Diameter Implants?

Another type of dental implant is the small diameter implant. While the term is sometimes used interchangeably with “mini implant”, small diameter implants are technically slightly wider (about 2.2-2.5mm on average). However, they are still smaller than traditional dental implants. At The Dental Implant Place, we place every type of dental implant – mini, small, and traditional – depending on which provide the safest and firmest fit for your specific needs.

How Dependable Are Mini and Small Diameter Implants?

Mini and small diameter implants are one piece of solid metal, unlike “two piece” implants, which are hollow. This is important because the strength of a dental implant increases its chances of long-term success, and manufactures say that a 3.0 mm implant (one piece of solid metal) is stronger than a 4.0 mm conventional “two piece” implant. Additionally, despite what their title indicates, “two piece” implants are really three pieces. Those three pieces include a hollow implant body that goes into the bone, another piece that fits into the body and sticks up above the gums, and a third piece – a tiny screw that holds all of the pieces together. This third piece is about the same size of a screw that would be used to hold together a pair of reading glasses (in other words, not very strong). This is why we rarely use “two piece” implants at The Dental Implant Place. They are far more likely to break, get loose, and strip, and any of these occurrences can be a major headache to resolve. The reason why many dentists and oral surgeons using “two piece” implants is because using a one piece implant requires understanding how to apply a load to the implant immediately (i.e. Dental Implants One Day).

Learn if You Qualify for Mini Dental Implants

Small diameter implants and mini implants help us create viable implant-supported restorations for patients who might not qualify for traditional implants. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We also proudly serve patients in Dallas, Weatherford, Arlington, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.