Mini Dental Implants in Tampa, FL

The issue of tooth loss affects people of all ages. However, losing permanent teeth is a problem that worsens as we get older. Among Floridians aged 60 and older with at least one remaining tooth, almost half report using upper dentures, and nearly 40% use lower dentures. At Tampa Bay Mini Dental Implant Solutions, we’re proud to offer the best options for tooth replacement, namely the efficient, versatile, and affordable solution of mini dental implants.

These small but powerful implants are adaptable enough to solve just about any problem caused by missing teeth. Whether you need to replace one tooth or an entire arch, mini implants are the superior choice over traditional options thanks to their unparalleled stability, minimal invasiveness, and natural functionality.

What Are Dental Implants?

Traditional dental implants and mini dental implants serve the same function. They replace missing tooth roots to provide a sturdy foundation for dental crowns, bridges, or implant dentures. This means both options are more stable than traditional dentures, which rely solely on the gums for support.

Although they may serve the same function, mini and traditional implants do so differently. The differences lie in the size and design of the implants. Traditional implants use a larger screw that averages about 5 millimeters in diameter, which connects to a separate piece called an abutment.

The actual process of placing a standard implant occurs over a series of visits. Before the implant placement can begin, we need to make sure you have enough space in your jawbone. Because of their large size, patients with weak or narrow jawbones likely need to undergo a bone grafting procedure before the jaw can support a traditional implant. After fully allowing the bone to heal—which can take months—the screws are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Patients again have to wait several months as the implant fuses with the jaw. Once the implant is firmly anchored, the abutment and prosthetic can be connected to the implant.

This prolonged procedure adds inconvenience, cost, and a risk of complication. Many patients who need to replace teeth are looking for quick and effective solutions because they have trouble with daily tasks like eating and speaking. That’s why we offer innovative mini dental implants. They solve the problems associated with traditional implants and offer additional benefits.

Understanding Mini Dental Implants

As their name implies, mini dental implants are a smaller version of traditional implants. They have a streamlined design that features a single-piece titanium rod with a screw on one end and an O-ball connector on the other. The replacement teeth connect to the O-ball with a rubber ring.

Mini implants are less than 3 millimeters in diameter, which is about the width of a toothpick. This makes them an excellent option for patients with less jawbone density, typically eliminating the need for a bone graft.

While mini implants are smaller, that doesn’t mean they’re weaker. The titanium construction is strong enough to support every type of dental restoration, from a single tooth to a full arch of upper or lower teeth. In the unlikely event of their failure, the minimally invasive procedure used will make replacement much easier.

The Advantages of Mini Implants

At Tampa Bay Mini Dental Implant Solutions, we prefer mini implants over their traditional counterparts because they offer advantages in many areas.

  • Quick placement procedure: Unlike traditional implants, which require multiple visits and months to heal, mini implants can be placed in a single day.
  • Minimally invasive: Because of their slim profile, the implant process is smooth and straightforward. We prioritize your care and comfort every step of the way.
  • Instant results: Because mini implants can be placed quickly and easily, replacement teeth can typically be mounted at the same visit. This means no more waiting months and months for a restored smile.
  • Faster recovery: The tiny hole needed to secure a mini implant means the recovery process is quick. Most individuals can continue their normal routine in 24-48 hours.
  • Durable: Made from medical-grade titanium, mini implants are strong enough to last a lifetime, and their single-piece design makes them more resistant to bacterial accumulation than their multi-piece predecessor.
  • More affordable: Mini implants cost less than the traditional alternative because of the efficiency of the entire process. For many, the cost is cut in half.

Mini Dental Implants Tampa Bay Mini Dental Implant SolutionsReplacing your missing teeth enhances the look of your smile, restores the function of your teeth, and improves your long-term oral health. The more promptly you replace the missing tooth or teeth, the better the outcomes. This is because gaps in your smile allow the remaining teeth to shift, and bone and tissue density will erode quickly following tooth loss. By serving the purpose of artificial tooth roots, mini implants halt shifting teeth and stimulate the jawbone. This maintains proper alignment and prevents bone loss. In light of these advantages, you can expect mini implants to help you feel confident in your smile and restore your oral health.

Getting Mini Implants

The mini implant process is smooth and streamlined, much like the implants themselves.


Replacing teeth with mini dental implants begins with a free consultation. When you first visit Tampa Bay Mini Dental Implant Solutions, you’ll meet and speak with Dr. Cabrera. She’ll review your medical history and examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if you’re a good candidate for mini implants. At your consultation, you’ll be able to ask questions and discuss both your preferences and budget. Using all this information, Dr. Cabrera will design a customized solution that addresses your needs and goals. Finally, Dr. Cabrera will take impressions so that a dental laboratory can fabricate your temporary restoration and surgical guide for the placement procedure.


Before we place your implants, we will apply a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. We want to make the entire process as stress-free as possible so that you don’t experience any pain during your procedure.

Once the area is numb, Dr. Cabrera will drill a small hole through the gums and secure the implant directly into the jawbone. The duration of the placement procedure depends on how many mini implants you need. However, you can expect the procedure to be quick and efficient.

Once the implants are stable, Dr. Cabrera will mount a temporary crown, bridge, or denture and take impressions. The temporary restoration lets you enjoy a complete smile as you wait approximately ten days for your final restoration to be created. The process culminates with Dr. Cabrera removing the temporary restoration and cementing your new teeth.


The recovery period from your implant placement is usually about 24-48 hours. If you feel any discomfort, a cold compress or over-the-counter painkillers can help manage pain.

While mini implants effectively restore your bite force, it’s still important to watch what you eat for the first week or two to allow for proper integration with the jaw. As the bone heals around the implant, avoid extremely hard foods or foods with tiny seeds since they can impact the healing process. A little extra care can set you up for long-term success. Before long, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods again without worry.

If given proper care, mini implants can last a lifetime. The single piece of titanium is resistant to infection, but a good oral hygiene routine is essential to keep the surrounding area and the rest of your mouth healthy. Daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing will help prevent gum disease and cavities in remaining natural teeth. Regular visits to Tampa Bay Mini Dental Implant Solutions are key to maintaining the condition of your implants and restoration.

Financing Assistance for Mini Implants

While they may be more affordable, we understand that cost can often be a barrier to dental treatment. However, we believe that affordable dental care should be accessible to everyone.

Many patients wonder if their insurance plan will cover mini dental implants. Navigating insurance policies can be stressful, especially because there are so many variables to consider. We will help you understand your policy’s benefits and ensure you receive the maximum reimbursement possible. We also work with multiple third-party lenders who provide flexible financing for dental procedures. These companies offer different term lengths so that you can select a plan that makes your payments manageable. Our office manager, Viviana, will thoroughly explain all your payment options at your free consultation.

Regardless of your circumstances, we’ll help you develop a payment plan that fits your budget.

Restore Your Smile With Mini Dental Implants

Mini implants are the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement options. Whether you’re replacing one tooth or all of your teeth, mini implants can restore your smile. Dr. Cabrera brings more than 25 years of experience to designing and implementing your unique treatment plan. With her professional and compassionate team at Tampa Bay Mini Dental Implant Solutions, you can expect the best care throughout the process.

If you want to bring back the smile you remember, schedule your free consultation today and experience the mini dental implant advantage.