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Mini Dental Implants

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Dr. John Chaves Can Restore Your Smile!

Are you missing teeth? Dental implants can restore your smile! At John M. Chaves, DDS, our exceptional Woodland Hills dentist offers various tooth replacement options to ensure you meet your smile goals. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Chaves has helped countless patients transform their smiles.

To schedule a consultation, contact our Woodland Hills dental office today by calling 818-491-7294.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini dental implants are smaller than traditional dental implants. They typically range in diameter from 2 mm to 3.5 mm, while traditional dental implants range from 3.5mm to 6mm in diameter.

The smaller size allows for a more conservative approach to implant placement, particularly in areas of the jawbone where there may be limited bone density. Most times, mini dental implants can be placed with minimal or no bone grafting, saving patients time, money, and additional procedures when compared to regular dental implants.

A mini dental implant is made of the same materials as traditional dental implants, such as titanium or zirconia. Their design mimics the structure and function of natural tooth roots, providing a stable foundation for dental appliances such as single dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.

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Mini Dental Implant Benefits

The mini dental implant treatment offers various benefits over traditional dental implants, including:

  • Less invasive procedure: Mini dental implants are smaller than traditional implants, so placing them requires a less invasive procedure. This means less discomfort, swelling, and bleeding after surgery.
  • Faster healing time: Because the procedure is less invasive, the healing time for mini dental implants is typically faster than for traditional implants. You may be able to return to your normal activities within a few days.
  • No bone grafts required: In some cases, traditional dental implants can’t be placed because there isn’t enough jawbone left. Mini dental implants are narrower and shorter, so they can sometimes be placed in areas where there’s not enough bone for a traditional implant. This eliminates the need for bone grafting.
  • Suitable for smaller jaws: Mini dental implants are a good option for people with smaller jaws or limited space in their mouths.
  • More comfortable: Because mini dental implants are smaller, they may be more comfortable for some people than traditional implants.
  • Can be placed in one visit: In many cases, mini dental implants can be placed in just one dental visit. This is a significant advantage over traditional implants, which typically require multiple appointments.
  • Helps preserve jawbone health: When a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. Dental implants help stimulate the jawbone and prevent this deterioration. Mini dental implants are just as effective as traditional implants in preserving jawbone health.
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Mini Dental Implant Cons

While mini implants can be an excellent tooth replacement option, there are a few drawbacks patients should be aware of:

  • Limited support
  • Long-term durability
  • Higher failure rate
  • Potential for complications
  • Cost

Mini Dental Implant Procedure

The mini implant process consists of the following steps:

  1. Consultation: Your first appointment includes an evaluation of your oral health, where we’ll discuss your dental history and help you decide if mini dental implants are the best option for your oral health needs.
  2. Implant Placement: On the day of your procedure, you’ll receive a local anesthetic or another form of sedation to ensure a comfortable surgery. Then, implant posts will be surgically placed into the jaw through a small hole accessed through the gums. While mini implants require less invasive techniques, you’ll need to set time aside for recovery.
  3. Recovery: It will take time for the posts to naturally fuse with your jaw. During this time, make sure to follow any instructions given to you by your dentist.
  4. Placing Your Restoration: Once you’ve fully recovered, you’ll schedule an appointment to have your choice of restoration placed. After that’s placed, you’ll have a beautiful, complete smile.


Overall, the process of getting a mini implant is a less invasive surgery and requires less healing time than standard dental implants, making it a convenient and effective option for many patients.

Candidacy for Mini Dental Implants

Candidates for mini dental implants may include:

  • Individuals with low bone density: Mini dental implants have a smaller diameter compared to traditional implants, meaning they don’t require as much bone density for support. This makes them an ideal option for patients who have experienced bone loss because of periodontal disease or other health problems.
  • For those who have lost one or more teeth: Mini dental implants can support a single dental crown or bridge or even stabilize a removable dental appliance such as a denture.
  • Patients with removable dental appliances: Mini dental implants can be used to stabilize a removable dental appliance, such as a denture. They can provide a more secure fit and prevent the appliance from moving around in the mouth.
  • Those who prefer a less invasive option: The placement procedure is typically less invasive than traditional dental implant placement. This can be beneficial for patients who prefer a less invasive option or have medical conditions that make traditional implant placement more complicated.
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Cost of Mini Implants

Mini dental implants typically cost around $500 to $1,500. However, the cost of mini dental implants will vary depending on several factors, including:

  • The number of implants needed
  • Where the implant gets placed
  • Location of the dental practice
  • Dental insurance coverage
  • Dentist’s expertise/experience
  • Preliminary procedures

In general, mini dental implants are less expensive than conventional dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

While mini dental implants are smaller in size, they’re still made of strong, durable materials and can provide stable support for dental appliances. Your dentist will determine which option is best for you and answer any questions you may have.

With proper care and maintenance, mini dental implants can last a lifetime. However, the lifespan of a mini implant can be affected by factors such as oral hygiene, bite alignment, and overall health.

Mini dental implants are typically used to support a single dental appliance, such as a crown or bridge. In some cases, multiple mini implants can support a larger dental appliance, such as a multiple-tooth bridge or full-arch of dentures.

As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with mini implant placement. These can include infection, nerve damage, or implant failure. Your dentist will advise you on any potential risks based on your case.

Complete Your Smile Today!

With mini dental implants, patients can achieve a complete smile along with improved oral health. Even if you’re lacking the jawbone density needed for conventional dental implants, mini implants can help. Learn more about your tooth replacement treatment options from your local dentist, or contact our Woodland Hills dentist at 818-491-7294 today to schedule your appointment.

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