How do mini dental implants differ from traditional dental implants?
I’ve heard and seen adverts on dental implants called ‘Minis’ recently but can’t seem to find much info on that online. Any idea on what that is and how it differs from the traditional dental implants?
“What are mini implants?”
Mini dental implants, as its name suggests, are generally of a smaller diameter (<3mm), thus they are thinner than that of normal implants.
They normally come with the abutment and the implant as a piece, whereas for conventional dental implants the pieces are separated. You could picture the mini implants as nail screws and traditional implants as bolt and cap nuts.
“How does it differ from traditional dental implants?”
There are definitely differences in the physical properties and also indications for minis and conventional due to the innate difference in their size and the fact that they don’t have an abutment.
The argument for and against the use mini implants can be summarised as follow.
FOR: Less costly. Less extensive surgery for placement.
In the dental industry, there have been whispers or rumours of a few dishonest dentists offering mini-implants for patients when they are clearly not appropriate, just to persuade patients to undergo treatment at a lower fee.
It is difficult for patients sometimes to discern regarding the appropriateness of mini-implant use, because professional opinions regarding mini-implants can vary from dentist to dentist.
Patients find the low fees very attractive, they get mini-implants done, and sometimes as soon as months later, the mini-implants fail.
Mini-implants have their place in modern dentistry, but it is imperative that the dentist knows...