Narrow dental implants are engineered for areas with limited space, such as missing upper lateral incisors or lower front teeth. These implants are narrower than conventional dental implants and have a diameter of between 3mm and 3.5mm.
Advantages of narrow dental implants.
1) Safe placement in areas with limited space.
Narrow dental implants allows for safe and predictable treatment in situations where conventional implants are too wide to fit, such as the replacement of small sized teeth, areas with reduce bone thickness or adjacent to teeth with abnormal root angulations. The clinical performance of narrow implants has been validated in several studies that show an overall survival rate of 97.3% after five years, validating its safe use and predictability.
2) Good combination of form and strength.
Dental implants should ideally be able to withstand the heavy biting forces associated with chewing function. The strength of a dental implant however diminishes with its size and diameter. Narrow dental implants provide a good balance between size and toughness in small spaces for most people.
3) Good combination between size and aesthetics.
The diameter of a dental implant affects the appearance of the final dental crown. A smaller than usual implant diameter gives the appearance that the tooth is very narrow at the gums, resulting in a triangular looking tooth. Clinical studies show that narrow implants are “wide enough” to provide good aesthetics for the smaller members of our dentition.
Are narrow dental implants the same as mini dental implants?
No. Mini implants have a diameter less than 3mm. More than size difference is the fact that narrow dental implants are engineered to be restored just like conventional dental implants. It is simply just a “thinner” version that is manufactured with added emphasis on toughness.