What are Mini Dental Implants?
The Mini Dental Implant (MDI) consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth. Mini Dental Implants are slightly smaller in diameter than a traditional implant and come in many lengths. The length chosen by the surgeon is determined by the amount and density of the bone available.
For denture wearers, the head of the implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
The Mini Dental Implants can also be used as a temporary anchorage device for dentures. They provide a fixed anchorage point with minimally invasive placement.
Mini Dental Implants can also be used to provide needed anchorage for orthodontic patients, shortening overall treatment time.
How are mini implants different?
As a revolutionary departure from routine dental implant methods, Mini Dental Implants are so narrow they are typically inserted directly through the overlying gum tissue and into the bone underneath. Consequently the need to surgically cut and “flap” open the gum tissue, routinely required for standard implant systems, can be avoided in most Mini Dental Implant applications. As a result, post-insertion patient soreness is significantly reduced. While all dental implants require care during insertion to avoid encroaching on vulnerable nerve, sinus or bony structures, the ultra small width of the mini implants offers a much more comfortable margin of safety.
When can Mini Dental Implants be used?
When needed for support purposes of a denture or for single tooth replacements when there is insufficient bone or space between teeth. Once solid bony adaptation (integration) has clearly occurred, mini implants can function as long-term supporting structures rather than as short-term or medium term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients’ jaws for several decades.
Am I a good candidate?
You may be a great candidate if you:
- are an unhappy denture wearer, as this procedure provides an immediate solution for loose fitting dentures.
- have been told that you are not an implant candidate
- have been told you need major bone grafting.
- have been told that there is not enough space to place dental implants
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