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Wade Karhan, DDS
Comprehensive General Dentistry
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Mini Dental Implants

Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) have changed the face of implant placement.  Unlike full implant placement where multiple dental visits are required, MDIs eliminate the need for surgery.  The development of long term MDIs now allows the dentist to place anchors in the jaw during one non-invasive treatment. 

MDIs are designed to eliminate bone grafting and expedite treatment.  Full implants require significant bone grafting and a recovery period.  The latent period allowed the anchor of the implant to properly embed itself into the jawbone.  The smaller size of MDIs means that no recovery period is necessary. 

What is the configuration of mini dental implants?

An MDI is a tiny dental implant (similar to a screw) that is designed to act in place of a natural tooth root.  MDIs are generally constructed from titanium and are either sprayed with calcium phosphate, or contain it along the length of the screw portion.  The design and structure of MDIs promotes quick healing and long lasting results.  

What are the advantages of MDI placement?

MDIs are a true innovation for people who are reluctant to have invasive dental surgery.  One significant advantage MDIs have over full implants is that they offer a viable treatment choice for patients who have experienced extensive bone loss.  Unlike full implants, MDIs don’t require invasive surgery, which makes MDIs a gentler option.  MDIs also minimize cost. Full-sized implants can be expensive to place, especially if many visits are required.  

Here are some of the other advantages associated with MDIs:

  • Easier chewing and biting.
  • High success rate. Less discomfort.
  • No cutting or sutures.
  • Permanent results.
  • Quick treatment time.
  • Reduced costs.

How are mini dental implants placed?

The whole mini dental implant placement procedure takes just a few minutes. It is generally scheduled in conjunction with the fabrication of the permanent Cerec porcelain crown. Both procedures are completed in just one visit.  Generally, in the case of lower jaw implants, four MDIs will be placed about 5mm apart.  Prior to inserting MDIs, the dentist will use many diagnostic and planning tools to find the optimal place to implant them.

Here is a brief overview of the MDI placement procedure:

  1. A mild anesthetic is administered.
  2. A very small hole is drilled in the jawbone.
  3. The implant is screwed into place and tightened with a winged wrench.
  4. Finally, a ratchet wrench is used to fully stabilize the MDIs.


If you have any questions or concerns about mini dental implants, please ask your dentist.

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