Mini dental implants are ultra-small diameter (l.8 millimeter width), bio compatible titanium alloy implant screws which are precisely placed through the gum into the jawbones to provide secure connections for false teeth. This innovative system was formally introduced to the United States dental community at an implant conference in Orlando, Florida in April, l999 and due to its immediate and long term benefits for patients, now represents one of the fastest growing methods of improving the quality of life for patients who wear dentures.
When critically needed for support purposes, and where 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. In the past several years, some clinicians have been utilizing MDI’s for single tooth replacements and in crown and bridge cases.
What’s the primary and most effective use for Mini Dental Implants?
The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a lower denture. In Australia, recent surveys indicate that over 50% of the community over the age of 65 are “edentulous” (literally meaning lacking teeth). Successful placement of the Mini Dental Implant addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems. Denture patients all over the world have experienced relief from loose or fill-fitting dentures from doctors who are trained to place the MDI. Uniquely, the MDI can be utilized to stabilize a denture in a couple of hours by a trained dental implantologist, with the patient leaving the clinic with a stabilized prosthesis.
How specifically can Mini Dental Implants help denture wearers?
The standard insertion protocol for mini dental implants calls for four of them to be gently screwed into the front of a patient’s lower jaw. This is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed by a qualified, trained and experienced implant dentist, requiring only a mild anesthesia. The mini dental implants, which are approximately the size of wooden toothpicks, are placed about five millimeters apart in the patient’s upper or lower jaw. The patient’s denture is then carefully adjusted by the dentist or prosthetics to allow it to snap onto the four mini implants.