Smaller than a normal sized implant, these work best as a small tooth or incisor replacement. Due to their size, they do not fuse easily with the jaw bone as is the case with larger implants. However, they can last a considerable time and are ideal as a means of stabilizing the lower denture particularly in older patients.
The mini implant is comprised of a titanium rod with a retaining fixture which can subsequently be incorporated into a denture. The implant head is ball-shaped and the retaining attachment has a rubber O-ring. The denture is held by the rubber ring which then snaps over the ball shape at the top of the implant, enabling the denture to sit comfortably. A mini implant can be with either one of two techniques – Immediate Loading or Delayed Placement and your surgeon will advise you on which of these is most relevant in your particular case.