If you experience a poorly supported partial denture and feel that eating is a chore, or the partial denture moves and rocks when chewing or it lifts and food gets under the appliance, if you are missing a tooth but do not have enough bone for a standard implant perhaps look into a treatment with mini implant
There are several ways to replace missing teeth and we are discussing the reason to use Mini implants here.
Mini implants, also known as Small implants are 3.0 mm or smaller compared to the standard implants which are 3.0 mm or larger.
The procedure is similar for both types of implants. The implant is placed in the bony area of the ridge where the tooth is missing. The theory is that the implant will integrate with the natural bone and become a solid foundation. This makes it possible to place a crown or a denture on this support.
All Implants require at least 1mm of bone all around the implant for proper support. If the preserved bone is minimal, standard large diameter implants cannot be used unless you get a bone graft for a ridge augmentation. So it is possible to avoid this step by using Mini implants.
Mini Implant Vs Standard Implant
The biggest difference between the two types of implants is the cost and the length of time of the treatment. Mini implants are less expensive. They can be activated immediately with the final crown or denture. The healing is much faster. In comparison most standard implants or otherwise known as the large diameter implants, require three to six months for bone integration before the final placement of the crowns or dentures.
A smaller diameter implant could be used if you lost a tooth a long time ago and in the healing process there was bone loss or bone resorption. This would result in a very narrow ridge which would make it harder to support partials or dentures. Therefore this is the ideal situation for small diameter or mini implants.
Single Tooth Replacement
The Mini implant treatment is recommended for single tooth replacements. It is also recommended as a way to stabilize retain partials or full dentures. Your dentist will be the best judge if you qualify for this treatment. He will require x-rays or perhaps a special CT scan in order to assist in the final treatment planning. The results are well worth the effort. Imagine eating and chewing naturally as if the replacement teeth were all your very own natural teeth.
If you live in downtown Vancouver BC you can get a mini implant at http://willowdentalcarewestend.com