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Mini Dental Implants, also called Small Diameter Implants (SDI’s) are any dental implants 3.0mm or smaller in diameter.
Minis were first developed over thirty years ago to temporarily stabilize dental prosthetics while waiting for the larger implants to heal. Since that time minis have been used to stabilize full dentures and partial dentures and to support fixed bridges and crowns. Mini dental Implants are now fully approved for long-term use in all of these situations.
Mini dental implants have several advantages over their full-size counterparts.
Their small size means they can be placed in areas with less bone often reducing the necessity for extensive bone grafting surgery prior to implant placement. Figure 1 is a lower jaw model with holes drilled to illustrate the different size holes for full-size implants and mini size implants. These are the typical size holes used when a patient needs an implant.
Full Size Implants Mini Size Implants
Smaller size means less invasive surgery to place the implants. This makes them ideal for older, medically compromised patients. It also means a faster recovery with less pain.
Smaller size equals smaller cost. Minis can often be placed at a fraction of the cost of larger implants. If you have any questions about Mini Dental Implants or other Dental topics, please contact our East Greenbush Dental Office anytime. Our caring Dental team is here to assist you with anything you may need.
Mini Dental Implants are a win-win for patients considering implants. For more information, browse our Resources page for informative links about implants and other dental services.