Treatment of a narrow, single tooth edentulous area with mini-dental implants: a clinical report

Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2007 Feb;103(2):e22-5. doi: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2006.08.029. Epub 2006 Nov 7.


The narrowing of an extraction site often becomes problematic when attempting to restore the space with a conventional wide-diameter implant. A woman is presented who was treated with a square head, mini-dental implant-supported fixed denture for a maxillary with a narrowed edentulous area, with a mesiodistal width of 5 mm. The implant, with a diameter of 2.4 mm, was inserted without reflecting the mucoperiosteal flap and was loaded immediately. During 12 months of follow-up, there has been no bone resorption and no inflammation observed around the implant. In conclusion, in terms of both clinical and aesthetic criteria, small diameter, mini-dental implants can be successfully used as an alternative to treatment with fixed partial dentures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bicuspid
  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous
  • Dental Implants, Single-Tooth*
  • Dental Prosthesis Design*
  • Dental Prosthesis, Implant-Supported*
  • Denture, Partial, Fixed
  • Denture, Partial, Immediate
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maxilla
  • Miniaturization