Dental Implants vs Mini Implants
Fountain Valley, CA


Smiling feminine mouth with dental implants indicator, at Bijan Family Dental Practice in Fountain Valley, CA. Both dental implants and mini implants are viable options for replacing missing teeth. They have become extremely popular due to their natural look and ability to restore various oral functions. So, what’s the difference between the two?

As the name suggests, mini implants are smaller in size (and, therefore, lower in cost) compared to regular dental implants. The average diameter of mini dental implants is in the 1.8 to 2.4 mm range. Dentists often used mini implants as a temporary solution until regular implants arrived. However, more dentists are beginning to use mini implants as a permanent solution for patients. Mini implants may also be used on patients who have insufficient bone density to support a full-sized dental implant. Because of their smaller size, the surgery for mini dental implants may be less invasive compared to a full-sized dental implant.

Moreover, mini implants don't require an abutment because they have a small ball at the end that can support a replacement tooth. This is why new teeth may be secured on mini implants without the use of an abutment. With that said, mini implants may not be structurally sound because they don’t receive as much support from the jawbone. Patients who have insufficient vertical bone mass may not be eligible for mini implants.

Moreover, patients who suffer from bruxism (constant teeth grinding) are not ideal candidates for mini implants. This is because bruxism can lead to wear and tear of the mini implant. The only situation in which a mini implant is acceptable is when a regular-sized implant isn’t possible due to a lack of bone density. However, all things equal, regular dental implants are a superior solution because they are more secure and durable.

Dental Implants vs Mini Implants - Dental Implant Procedure


The dental implant procedure in both regular and mini implants is the same. The goal is to replace the tooth roots with metal, screwlike posts. Here are the steps involved in dental implant placement:
•  Removal of damaged teeth
•  Jawbone preparation (if needed)
•  Implant placement
•  Waiting for the implant site to heal and fuse with the bone
•  Abutment placement (only for regular-sized dental implants)
•  Artificial tooth placement

Dental Implant FAQ


Let’s go over a few commonly asked questions about dental implants.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Dental Implants?


Depending on the size of the implants, the initial healing may take two weeks. However, the implant will require at least three to six months to fully integrate into the bone.

How Can I Speed Up the Healing Process?


The healing process can be increased by carefully following your dentist’s post-op instructions. You may be asked to make certain lifestyle changes (such as quitting smoking and alcohol), and not eating solid foods for the first few weeks.

How Long Does Swelling Last After Dental Implant Surgery?


Swelling after dental implant placement usually lasts for two to three days. You must follow your doctor’s post-op instructions to minimize the swelling.
Still confused about the difference between dental implants and mini implants? Our dentists Dr. Bijan Modjtahedi and are more than happy to fill you in on the details so you can make an informed decision. Most candidates opt for regular dental implants because they are more structurally sound. For more information, book an appointment at Bijan Family Dental Practice by calling (714) 421-4494.
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