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Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for restorative dentistry options, and they can also be used with dentures and other oral prosthetic devices. But not all patients have sufficient jawbone to securely anchor dental implants. These patients may be good candidates for mini implants. Dr. Cory Gaunt and the team at Downriver Smiles offer mini implants at our dental center in Spokane.

What are Mini Implants?

Similar to a regular dental implant, a mini implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone. However, mini implants are smaller, requiring less jawbone and a less-invasive procedure for placing them. Dr. Gaunt can place mini implants in a minimally-invasive dental procedure that only requires a few days for healing and recovery.

Typical dental implants require enough bone structure to secure them in place, so patients who have some levels of bone loss cannot get traditional implants. Mini implants offer a solution for these Spokane patients, allowing them to choose implants or implant-supported restoration options to remake their smiles.

Mini Implant-Secured Dentures

Dr. Gaunt can also place mini implants to secure dentures. These smaller dental implants can hold the dentures in place, offering more stability without adhesive. Members of our Spokane dental family can have confidence, knowing their dentures will stay in place when talking, laughing and eating. With the shorter recovery time, dentures can be secured to the mini dental implants much faster than with traditional implants.

Have you previously been told that you were not a good candidate for dental implants? Dr. Gaunt and the team at Downriver Smiles could recommend mini implants. Contact us today, and schedule a restoration dentistry consultation to find out if mini dental implants or another implant-secured option is right for you.

Downriver Smiles offers a full range of dental services, beginning with our youngest patients and their first tooth, to teenagers and adults. We accept most forms of dental insurance, and many of them include at least some coverage for restorative dentistry options. Be sure to ask about financing options today when you call.


  • Dr. Gaunt and the entire staff at Downriver Smiles are fantastic people. Very thorough, professional, caring and kind. The attention to detail and desire to leave me better than they found me makes this office a cut above. Thank you Downriver Smiles for being so thoughtful and helpful every time I come in.

    Jack D.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Dr. Gaunt replaced my two front crowns that I have had since I was 15 years old and now I am 59. He was very meticulous in sizing, shaping, fitting and color matching and spent adequate time to achieve those results. This is the best dental care I have ever had in my life. I highly recommend Downriver Smiles and their very friendly and caring staff.

    Tim A.


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