Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are an option for patients looking to replace lost teeth but who don't want (or can't receive) conventional restorations. Some people don't want the invasive surgery required for regular implants, whereas others lack the bone mass in their jaws to hold them.
Dentists can replace missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implants. Bridges and dentures are false teeth that sit on the gum's surface, but dental implants are inserted into the jawbone so that they aren't removable. To start, the periodontist or oral surgeon conducts a surgical procedure to place a titanium post (abutment) into the bone of the jaw, and the bone fuses around the abutment over three to six months. Once the abutment is fused in the bone, the implant is uncovered and then a small post is attached into the implant and then acts as an anchor for artificial teeth to be attached to.
You might prefer dental implants to dentures because they don't shift or slip in the way dentures sometimes do. For the best results, though, you should simply have sufficient healthy bone in your jaw.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants have the same structure as regular implants, but are slightly smaller in form. These mini implants have two parts :
A titanium post with a ball on the end,
A socket with a rubber O-ring that attaches the tooth to the post.
Mini Implant Options
Receiving regular implants takes several months and requires at least two dental appointments. Certain treatments require additional visits for bone-grafting to supply sufficient bone to support the implant posts. Still, other patients aren't able to undergo invasive surgery and repeat dental appointments, or have lost too much bone mass in their jaws to receive a full-sized implant, and this is perfectly normal. In these cases, mini implants may be the best option. Dentists can usually install mini implants in only one visit using local anesthesia and without any sutures.
Better yet, you can use your new teeth that same day.
Caring for Mini Implants
Mini dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Floss once a day, and brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. While the gums are still sensitive after the dental implant procedure, use an extra soft-bristled toothbrush.
Losing natural teeth can be fairly traumatic, spoiling your confidence just as much as your smile. Mini dental implants allow you to speak and eat normally again without worrying about how this accident could affect your daily routine. Your dentist can tell you if mini implants are the best choice for you.
Mini Dental Implants
The advantages of using the Mini Implants include:
1.No surgery of the gum*
2.No drilling of the bone*
In most cases there is a momentary perforation of the gum and outer surface of the bone. Typically the implants can be restored on the same day with a temporary restoration.
How do they work?
The placement of the implant is accomplished quickly and easily in a one-step procedure performed at our practice. Under local anaesthesia, or light sedation, employing precise and minimally invasive techniques, the implants are positioned into the jawbone.
The head of the implants protrude from the gum and provide a solid foundation for securing crowns, dentures, or a brace.
The new Mini Implants are the perfect system to provide greater denture stability for those refused regular implants due to a lack of bone, or who simply cannot afford the cost of conventional implants.
Once the implants are secured a tailor made crown (the tooth itself) is secured to the implant. It is not necessary for each missing tooth to require an implant and if you have 3+ teeth missing next to each other you could opt for a bridge or partial denture supported by only 2 implants (depending on the individual circumstances).
This can be removed and cleaned, and would reduce the volume of surgery that could be required.
Why Does It Take so Long to Complete Treatment?
Dental implants preserve bone because they function like tooth roots, firmly embedded in the bone. In order for the implants to become embedded in the bone, the bone must bond to the implants. This process takes anywhere from 1 to 9 months, depending upon the quality of the bone in which the implants are placed.
There are other treatment options that do not take as much time to complete; however none of these traditional methods of tooth replacement preserve bone. In fact, dentures and partials actually accelerate the bone resorption process.
The mini implants compare favourably to the conventional implants in many ways. However there are instances when it may be more appropriate to use conventional implants or a combination of both.
As a revolutionary departure from routine implant methods, mini 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, is avoided in most mini implant applications. As a result, post-insertion patient irritation and 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.
Dentures and Implants
The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a lower denture. There are approximately 120,000 people in the UK who are “edentulous” (literally meaning lacking teeth), struggling daily with prosthetic devices.
The majority suffer discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Some withdraw from any type of social engagement as a result of wearing them. It is also not uncommon for family members to complain about a denture wearer’s disagreeable breath as a result of food being trapped and decaying under their denture prosthesis.
Successful placement of the mini implants addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems.
The head of the implant is shaped like a ball. The retaining fixture in your denture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. This 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 while the implant fixture allows for micro mobility while withstanding the natural lifting of eating.
These are done with the insertion of 2 implants.
Lower denture with ball attachment (push-button)
Upper denture with locator attachment
This solution is suited for patients who have some residual ridge and the looseness of the denture is minimal
Where there is less ridge then the Bar Retained Denture is advised
But the choice will be made based on the extent of the improvement required and the patients budget
Implants and Bar-retained overdentures
These are done with the insertion of 4 implants.
Bar-retained denture, upper
Bar-retained denture, lower
Implant bar Bar-retained denture (bar cannot be seen)
Bar-retained denture, upper, no palatal plate