Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Mini Dental Implants called “Mini Dental Implants”?

“Mini Dental Implants” are actually a popular nickname for “Small Diameter Dental Implants”. There are also “Conventional Dental Implants” sometimes called “Root Form Implants”.

What is primary difference between “Mini Dental Implants” and “Conventional Dental Implants”?

The difference is the diameter of the implant. Conventional Implants have a diameter range 3.25 millimeters to 7 millimeters. Mini Dental Implants have a diameter range 2.0 millimeters to 3.0 millimeters; hence the nickname “Mini Dental Implant”!

What is contributing to the growing popularity of mini dental implants?

Conventional implants require a surgical procedure with sutures, performed typically by a specialist most likely an oral surgeon, to first place the implant(s). From when the conventional implant surgical procedure is started, the typical wait time for the patient to have the process completed is about six months. The patient will have a number of appointments with the oral surgeon and the referring general dentists during the time period. The oral surgeon fee can be sizable for placing the implants.

Mini dental implants can be placed by the general dentist without the need for a surgical procedure, there is a minimum or no discomfort, the patient has their restored teeth immediately from only one or two patient visits with a substantial reduction in treatment cost making mini dental implants more affordable. ·Mini dental implant patients receives treatment in their general dentist’s office which they are familiar with and minis provide the opportunity for the general dentist to provide a well accepted, new treatment procedure.

To me the mini dental implant looks like a “screw”. How accurate am I in thinking this?

Your observation is correct as the mini dental implant is actually screwed into the bone just as a screw is screwed into a piece of wood. And just like a hole first needs to be drilled into a piece of wood, a hole needs to be drilled into the bone first. The hole for mini implants is called·the “pilot hole”.

What country are the Intra-Lock Mini Dental Implants and Accessories made in?

Intra-Lock makes their products in the United States in Florida and California. Their international headquarters is here in Boca Raton, Florida.

How can Mini Dental Implants help Denture Wearers?

Denture wearers often lack confidence that their denture will firmly stay in place in their mouth without becoming loose or floating. For patients who are having this difficulty, denture stabilization using mini dental implants will help the patient eat and speak more confidently. This is especially helpful for the lower denture. After the mini implants are placed the denture no longer slides on the gums, mini dental implants help retain the jaw bone.