There are two different forms of dental implants that can be used with overdentures: traditional implants and mini implants. Mini implants differ from traditional implants by being typically smaller in diameter and often come in a single piece design with an integrated ball abutment at the device’s coronal end. Mini implants were originally designed as a temporary solution but were officially approved for permanent restorations in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999. Since then, the use of mini implants has been steadily increasing.
Mini-implants are used for securing full dentures in a patient’s mouth, making them more comfortable for the patient to wear. In addition, they are easier to place in a patient’s jaw and require less healing time. At approximately one-third of the cost of regular implants, these devices are an affordable alternative for clients. As new technologies emerge, the number of mini implants sold in the U.S. and Europe will increase at double-digit rates, thus driving the overall market.