158-A Commerce Park Drive
Westerville, Ohio 43082

Mini Implants

Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you having trouble with your current partial or complete denture? Mini implants may be just what the doctor ordered!

Mini implants may be perfect for you because they:

Can help you eat, smile, and speak with renewed confidence.

Are placed using a simple, gentle, non-surgical approach – no incisions or stitches!

Are affordable – less than half the cost of old, conventional-style implants.

Can be placed to anchor dentures or cemented crowns & bridges.

Can help to preserve bone & facial appearance.

Can be placed and used that very day!

We can place your implants in the morning and you can eat your favorite meal that evening! That’s right . . . whether you need a crown, bridge or your dentures secured very tightly, we can actually place your implant or implants during the day and that evening you can eat your favorite foods comfortably.

Success Rates of Dental Implants

Dental implants are among the most successful procedures in dentistry today.  Although there is no guarantee that a dental implant procedure will be successful, studies have shown a five-year success rate of 95 percent for lower jaw implants and 90 percent for upper jaw implants with conventional implants. The success rate for upper jaw implants is slightly lower because the upper jaw (especially the back area) is less dense than the lower jaw, making successful implantation and osseointegration (bone growth tightly around the implant to hold the implant in place) potentially is more difficult to achieve. Implant placement at the back of the lower jaw has the highest success rate for all dental implants, regardless of what type of implant is used.

But what about the success of mini implants?

According to Dr. Todd Shatkin, Dr. Shankland’s mentor with mini implants, there is over a 93.1% success rate of mini implants in the lower jaw and a success rate of 91.3% in the upper jaw.  These numbers were obtained after a retrospective analysis of 5640 implants placed over a 12-year period.  The greatest success rate of 95.6% was of those implants that supported lower complete dentures (Shatkin TE, Petrotto, CA:  Mini implants:  a retrospective analysis of 5640 implants placed over a 12-year period.  Compendium2012;33(3)).  That is a remarkable number!  There are few dental or medical procedures with such a high success rates.

Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is a practice of maintaining your oral hygiene by caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. It teach the patient how to prevent dental problems like cavities, gum disease, enamel wear etc.

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Invisible Orthodontics

Invisible orthodontic therapy is simple alternative to braces. Aligners are almost invisible and you can eat & clean your teeth normally.

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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry means using the medication to help patient to get calm & relax during dental procedure. We can provide you with safe and effective sedation so that your appointment will be pleasant and comfortable as possible.

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Restorative Dental Care

Restorative dentistry is the diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of oral health problems and restoring mouth to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. When a fracture or decayed tooth is removed, a dental implant is placed in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

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Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is snoring with quiet pauses in breathing ending in gasping, snoring or choking sounds. Have you or your spouse awakened suddenly in a panic, not being able to breathe? If this continues, the diagnosis may very well be obstructive sleep apnea.

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TMD, commonly known as TMJ, are a group of musculoskeletal disorders that involve the temporomandibular joint.

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Facial Pain

Facial pain is a pain disorder of the face. It is mostly experienced by patient to one side of the face and can be described as sharp, dull, crushing, aching or burning.

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About Dr. Shankland

Dr. Wesley Shankland is highly trained in  general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and the treatment of TMD (TMJ) and other facial pain disorders.  He has been in practice since 1978 in Central Ohio.

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The staff at Dr. Shankland’s office in Westerville are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our patients. They are very knowledgeable in their fields, and most have been with him for many years.

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Dental Implant Risks

Poor oral hygiene can lead to peri-implantitis around dental implants, a disease that is similar to the development of periodontitis (severe gum disease) around a natural tooth. However, dental implant restorations are not susceptible to cavities the way natural teeth are.  Smoking, clenching of the teeth and diseases like diabetes and autoimmune diseases also lead to implant failure.  Dr. Shankland will thoroughly review your medical history as you and he discuss the placement of mini implants.  He often consults with the patient’s primary care physician as well.

Advantages of Mini Implants versus Conventional Implants

Mini implants are usually narrower than conventional implants and can be used in smaller spaces (for example, where teeth have moved or drifted).  Also, narrower implants may be used for small teeth and incisors. Further, narrower mini implants may best serve patients who require stabilization of lower jaw dentures, pre-molar teeth, or a missing tooth that was located in a narrow area. These narrower implants are FDA-approved.
There are some core differences between traditional implants and mini implants:

  • Mini implants are approximately half the width of their traditional counterparts.
  • Usually only a single and not multiple appointment is necessary.
  • The implant is not fully submerged during the placement procedure and therefore, incisions and sutures are not usually required.
  • Should implant failure occur, the small size means bone grafting is not usually necessary.
  • Mini implants are far less costly.
  • Mini implants are solid though they do not contain a screw.


Mini Dental Implants have changed the face of implant placement.  Unlike full implant placement where multiple dental visits are required, mini implants eliminate the need for extensive surgery.  The development of long term MDIs now allows the dentist to place anchors in the jaw during one noninvasive treatment.  The most common use for mini implants is the stabilization of dentures and partial dentures. Mini implants firmly anchor the dental prosthesis, which means there is no longer any need to suffer with ill-fitting, loose dentures. No longer a need for those nasty denture adhesives!

Mini implants are designed to eliminate bone grafting and expedite treatment.  Full implants require significant bone grafting and a recovery period.  The smaller size of mini implants means that no recovery period is necessary, and the denture can be fitted the same day and used for eating the same day!


Further Advantages of Mini Implants

Mini implants are a true innovation for people who are reluctant to have invasive dental surgery and for denture wearers.  One significant advantage minis have over full implants is that they offer a viable treatment choice for patients who have experienced extensive bone loss.  Depending on the quality and density of jawbone available at the implant site, four of these mini implants may be implanted at one time.  Unlike conventional implants, mini implants don’t require invasive surgery.

Mini implants are also significantly less expensive. Conventional implants can be expensive to place, especially if many visits are required.  The most common use for mini implants is to stabilize a lower denture, however they can be placed anywhere in the mouth.  They also work very well by replacing missing upper anterior teeth.

Here are some of the other advantages associated with mini implants:

  • Better smelling breath.
  • Clearer speech.
  • Easier chewing and biting.
  • Easier cleaning.
  • Firmer denture fit.
  • High success rate. Less discomfort.
  • No cutting or sutures.
  • No need for adhesives or messy bonding agents.
  • No rotting food beneath the denture.
  • No slipping, wobbling or discomfort.
  • Permanent results.
  • Quick treatment time.
  • Reduced costs.

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How are mini dental implants placed?

The entire mini dental implant placement procedure takes approximately thirty minutes. Prior to inserting implant, Dr. Shankland will have used many diagnostic and planning tools to find the optimal place to place the implant or implants.  He’ll review your medical history with you and at times, with your physician.  Dr. Shankland may even recommend various types of sedation for the procedure.

Here is a brief overview of the mini placement procedure:

  • A local anesthetic is given.
  • Dr. Shankland will drill a small hole into the jaw to receive each implant.
  • Each implant is screwed into place and tightened with a special wrench.
  • The denture is measured against the mini implants and marks are made to indicate where they will fit.
  • If you’re having a crown or bridge placed, the crown or denture is usually cemented to the implant at that time.


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In almost all cases, no suture placement is required and no real discomfort is felt after the procedure.  After the denture placement procedure is complete, light eating can be resumed.  The denture can be removed and cleaned that very day.

That’s all there is to it!  Simple, non-surgical, non-painful and useable immediately without waiting months and months until the implant or implants can be used.

If you have any questions or concerns about mini dental implants, please call our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Shankland.  If you mention that you read about mini implants on our web site, your consultation, including a thorough examination and any necessary x-rays will be free of charge.