Here at Oregon Coast Dental Care, we are proud to offer mini-dental implants (MDIs) to our patients.
Mini-dental implants, otherwise known as MDIs, are used when regular implants will not work. They were introduced ten years ago and continue to be a good alternative to traditional implants due to their small size. Regular implants are normally 3.75 mm, while mini-dental implants range from 1.8 to 3 mm.
The placement of MDIs is significantly different from traditional ones. Typically you can get the whole procedure done in one day, instead of having to make multiple visits. It is a minimally invasive procedure, unlike traditional implants, which requires cutting into your mouth tissue. Instead, the mini-dental implants are drilled into your gums.
MDIs are used mostly for the stabilization of loose dentures, though they are also used to successfully treat single tooth replacements. They are also used for maxillofacial prosthetics and as temporary anchorage devices for orthodontic therapies.
Mini-dental implants are more affordable since they can be done in one visit and are less invasive.