Several years ago, I took my first continuing education course on mini dental implants. At that time, they needed some improvements before I would incorporate them into my dental practice. And, just as conventional implants improved significantly, the mini implants have also improved significantly in that time period. We added the mini implant to our conventional implant system about a year ago and have been very pleased with them.
Benefits on Mini Implants
· Simple, gentle, minimally invasive procedure
· Immediate results
· Restored confidence with speaking and eating
· Improved attractiveness of your smile
· Cost effective
· Anchoring for dentures or cemented crowns & bridges
· Preserves bone and facial structure
Why Mini Implants?
The mini dental implant procedure is a much less involved process than conventional dental implants. For this reason, the procedure can usually be completed in one simple dental appointment. In addition to saving time in the dental office, you will have far less discomfort following this procedure due to the minimally involved procedure (usually requiring no surgical flaps or sutures). Because the mini dental implants are so time efficient, we are able to perform these procedures for less than the cost associated with the larger style dental implants.
Mini dental implants have been used for many years to hold dentures in position, providing patients with the ability to eat, smile, and speak with comfort and confidence. Today, use of this minimally invasive mini dental implant technology has been expanded for anything from replacing a single tooth to full mouth restoration. Thousands of implants have been placed with over a 95% success rate using these cost effective procedures. The entire process consists of a consultation visit, with X-rays and impressions being taken. Then, at one (or more) treatment visit(s), the mini implant(s) will be placed in your mouth and the final restorations positioned. In about 30 minutes, a single tooth can be replaced without the need to grind down healthy tooth enamel. You can walk out ready to enjoy the foods you wish, without the long healing times and higher costs associated with conventional implants. This same procedure can be used to replace multiple missing teeth, with a longer appointment time.
Denture Retentive System
A current well-fitting denture or newly fabricated denture can be fitted with four or more mini implants in one visit. The procedure requires only a little bit of local anesthesia (novocaine). Each implant is placed quickly and easily. Your denture is then retro-fitted to snap on the mini implant retention heads. With some care, the mini implants are ready for immediate use. You can then laugh, smile, and speak with confidence and comfort.
Upper denture with 6 mini implants and no acrylic in the palate area.
Lower denture with 4 mini implants for retention.