Restoring Your Smile with Mini Dental Implants

Patients who do not qualify for traditional dental implants due to insufficient jawbone tissue may be eligible for mini dental implants. Mini dental implants require less jawbone mass for implant retention than traditional implants, allowing more patients to reap the benefits of implant technology. Drs. Steven Balloch and Joshua Lomke can provide mini dental implants treatment to patients in the Hartford, CT, area for improved oral function and a natural-looking smile.

Why Mini Dental Implants?

Traditional dental implant v. mini implant
Mini implants offer patients an alternative tooth replacement solution if they have been told they do not qualify for traditional implants. 

While there are many types of dental implants such as traditional or All-on-4® implants, mini dental implants are a restorative dentistry solution that involves implanting titanium posts into the jawbone and attaching dental restorations to it. This implant approach is especially appealing for patients who have been precluded from traditional implant surgery due to lack of jawbone tissue needed to support the implants. Mini implants have a smaller diameter than traditional implants, and therefore require less healthy jawbone to retain them. Implants, both traditional and mini, fuse with the jawbone over a period of about four to six months in a process called osseointegration. Because mini implants have a smaller diameter than traditional implants, they can support restorations before osseointegration is complete.

Our dentists work closely with patients to design restorative treatment plans that best meet their unique oral health needs and cosmetic goals.

Evaluating Your Candidacy

To evaluate your candidacy for mini implants, our dentists will conduct a thorough evaluation, taking detailed images of your mouth and jaw. Candidates should be in good overall health to undergo surgery and must not have any active periodontal disease. Mini implants are often a good tooth replacement option for patients on a budget, since mini implants often cost less than traditional implants. Candidates should be aware that while mini implants are sturdy and reliable, they do not offer the same level of stability and durability as traditional implants.

Benefits of Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants afford patients a number of attractive benefits, including:

  • Same-day restorations: In many cases, mini implants can support dentures the same day they are placed. Patients can leave our office with a fully restored smile in one convenient appointment.

  • Forgoing preparatory surgeries: With mini dental implants, patients with reduced jawbone density may avoid a bone grafting or sinus lift surgery, reducing their time in the dentist’s chair and in recovery.

  • Minimized risk of complications: The advanced technique used to place mini implants reduces risks and recovery times.

  • Sturdy restorations: Securing your dentures with mini implants means they will not slip out of place, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

  • Halting jawbone deterioration: By fusing with the natural bone, your implants will help to return stimulation to the jaw, which halts bone loss.

  • A lifetime of support: With proper care, mini dental implants can provide a lifetime of support for your prosthetics.

Learn more about Mini Dental Implants

Our dentists work closely with patients to design restorative treatment plans that best meet their unique oral health needs and cosmetic goals. To review your candidacy for mini dental implants, call our office at (860) 659-8660, or contact us online to schedule your appointment.