A mini dental implant is a root form dental implant with a diameter of less than 3mm. Root form dental implants are the most common dental implants used today. Mini dental implants were originally used as “transitional” or temporary dental implants. It was noted that with time, some of these mini dental implants were not temporary but rather, they lasted as long as “regular” dental implants. This is when these dental implants became known as mini dental implants rather than transitional dental implants. The two numbers on the dental implant container seen in this picture are 2.5 / 18. These numbers mean that this dental implant is 2.5mm in diameter and 18mm in length.
Mini dental implants are used in many situations. If pushed to choose specific ideal locations for their use, they are ideally used to replace the roots of small rooted teeth, teeth #’s 7, 10, 23, 24, 25 and tooth #26. They are also used very commonly to retain lower dentures for patients with severe bone loss.
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