Dental Implants

Mini Dental Implants – Standard Dental Implants – Short Dental Implants

  • Success rates as good, or better than, root canal therapy
  • New implants do not require invasive surgery  -  very little post-operative discomfort.
  • There is no worry about sensitivity, decay, or cracking like teeth.
  • Most maintenance is done without a shot.

Mini Dental Implants

Long and thin, Mini Implants come in sets of 4 to 6 to stabilize loose dentures in narrow ridges. They can be placed without surgery and loaded immediately to help hold your dentures in place. They cannot support the major biting forces, just retain position.

Standard Dental Implants

Wider than Mini Implants, Standard Length Implants can be used to replace front teeth at the time of extraction. The extra length engages deeper bone to help hold the implant still during healing. If an implant moves, it will not bind to bone.

Short Dental Implants

Some implant designs use fins instead of screw threads. This provides the same amount of bone contact in a 6 mm long implant that you’d find in a 14 mm long standard implant. This shortness requires less invasive surgery and the short implants can be placed above nerves and sinuses where standard or mini implants are too long. Short dental implants can replace back teeth at the time of extraction in addition to replacing front teeth.

Dental Implant Applications

Ending Loose Dentures

Holding dentures in place while the gum tissues support the bite, or Denture Retention, is one of the most common implant applications. Mini Implants use sets of 4 to 6 implants and Short Implants use sets of 2 to 4 implants. Usually 2-4 implants on the lower denture and 4 to 6 implants on the upper denture. Dentures must be routinely relined to avoid overloading and damaging these “Retention Only”  implants or bone.

Total Denture Support

Usually Standard or Short implants since the greater width can support heavier loads, this setup can support most or all of the heavy biting forces used in eating and chewing with very little chance of breakage.

Single Tooth Replacement

Molars, Bicuspids and Cuspids are best replaced with Standard and Short Implants with a width of 4.0 mm or more, and have very high success rates over decades. The stand alone use of  implants 3.5 mm and narrower(Mini Implants are 1.8mm to 3.4 mm) requires great care and a protected location since the narrow width is not as resistant to side forces and can loosen over time or break if overloaded. Some small sites, such as in missing Lateral Incisors may be OK in certain situations, but they are still at greater risk for loosening or breaking than the wider implants.

Multiple Tooth Replacement

The strongest long term replacement plan is using one implant per tooth, however, you can place fixed bridges on two or more implants. You can stage the replacement of your teeth by placing an implant snap under a denture or partial one or two at a time until you are able to add the crowns and abutments down the line.

Full Arch, Locked In, Teeth

You can have the entire upper or lower set of teeth locked in with snaps or screws with enough implants to totally support the biting forces.

Other Specialized Applications

Provisional or temporary implants are used in Orthodontics and to support Temporary Crowns and Bridges during reconstruction procedures. They also can be used in Bone and Tissue Grafts for support during healing. Above is only a partial listing of the many Implant Applications possible.


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