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Mini Dental Implants
Palo Alto, CA


Image of a dental implant and molar at Palo Alto Oral Health. Dental implants are evolving with multiple options to fit a variety of needs. Mini implants are one type of implant that we use to temporarily restore missing teeth before a full sized implant can be placed. They provide the service of being a placeholder and are often used immediately following the extraction of a tooth. There are benefits to the mini implant for patients who need a less invasive procedure with more immediate results while the bone reseeds. During your consultation, our staff at Palo Alto Oral Health will review your needs and discuss implant options, which may include the temporary use of a mini implant.

As the name implies, a mini implant is a thinner dental implant in diameter, though about the same length as a traditional implant. Patients may consider a mini implant for a variety of reasons including:
•  Placeholder: Mini implants can be placed immediately following the extraction of unhealthy teeth. They will help your jawbone reseed and become healthier by providing a connection between the tooth and bone. They will also prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of alignment during this healing phase.
•  Placement is Less Invasive: Dental implant surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, but placing mini implants is even less. Mini implants are often placed with just a local anesthetic with minimal pain or discomfort while recovering. Many patients have them placed immediately following the extraction of unhealthy teeth!
•  One-Piece Unit: Traditional dental implants are placed as a two unit system, first the screw and then the ball attachment, requiring two procedures. Mini implants are a one piece unit that include the ball shaped end, meaning surgery is completed all at once.
•  Often Completed Without a Bone Graft: Traditional dental implants generally require a bone graft procedure before the implant can be placed. The process of growing new bone material takes months. Mini implants are often completed without a bone graft prior to implant placement, saving months of waiting.
•  Less Bone Needed: A bone graft is not needed because less bone is needed. Thinner implants can be placed into less dense bone. This can be a huge benefit as we often find that the patient loses bone density from gum disease and tooth loss.
•  Easier Healing: Overall, the healing from a mini implant is easier with less steps and less time.
•  Multiple Uses with Prosthetics: Mini implants can be used to stabilize teeth prosthetics, including a dental crown, bridge, or lower jaw denture. Multiple implants may be required. Though a temporary solution, stabilizing a prosthetic with a mini implant is still the preferred method over not using an implant at all. It is better for your bone health, providing structure to your face and retention.


Dental implants are a great option in restoring missing teeth, they provide you the freedom of using your teeth again. The placement of implants can be time consuming, mini implants can be a fabulous interim between extraction and standard implants. We invite you to learn more about mini implants and how they can benefit you.

Thank you for trusting us with your oral health. Give us a call at (650) 321-9693 .



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Palo Alto, CA 94306-2548


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