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Dental mini implants were first introduced as transitional implants to support interim prostheses during the healing of a definitive implant or implants. When the inter-radicular space and/or buccolingual bone width are limited, however, mini-implants have been used successfully as definitive implants. This article describes in detail the use of a mini-implant in the treatment of a congenital missing maxillary lateral incisor. Also discussed are recommendations for mini-implant placement relative to anatomic landmarks as well as the surgical and prosthetic rationale.


Learning Objectives: This article highlights the surgical and prosthetic considerations used in mini-implant placement for a patient with a congenitally missing lateral incisor. Upon completing this exercise the reader should:


• Understand the clinical indications for successful use of mini-implants.

• Improve his or her clinical decision making relative to the selection of mini-implants versus conventional implants.

Immediate Provisionalization of a Maxillary Lateral Incisor With a Dental Mini-Implant: Surgical and Prosthetic Rationale



Pract Proced Aesthet Dent 2009;21(4):249-255


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