Applications and clinical outcomes of mini implants.

Multicentric Retrospective Clinical Study on the Clinical Application of Mini Implant System
By Young-Kyun Kim, In-Sung Yeo, Yang-Jin Yi, Un-Kyu Kim, Kyung-Nam Moon, Seung-Joon Jeon, Yong-Seok Cho, Pil-Young Yun


Mini-implant system is applicable to areas of narrow space and area requiring temporary loading support. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of a mini implant system as well as the application of mini-implant system in the dental clinical field.

Materials & Methods:

The patients who had been operated from Jan 2007 to Dec 2007 in the four dental facility including Seoul National University Bundang Hospital were enrolled. To evaluate the factors associated with the clinical outcome, the patients were classified according to gender, age, area of surgery, type of implant, diameter and length of the implant, and the purpose of the mini-implant system application.

Table 1. Patients’characteristics (n=69)

Table1 Patients characteristics


From 147 implants, only three implants failed, one of them was for temporary loading. There were no serious surgical or prosthetic complications in this study.


An analysis of the preliminary data revealed a satisfactory clinical outcome. However, more long-term evaluation of narrow ridge type as well as the patient’s satisfaction on the use of a provisional type mini-implant system is needed.

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