"Mini" Implants for Denture Retention
Dental implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth as an alternative to dentures. Mini implants can be a treatment option if limited bone is available. They can also be less involved than traditional implants or serve as a temporary or transitional option during healing phases.
The mini dental implant procedure is a much less involved process than conventional dental implants. Today, use of this non-surgical technology has been expanded for anything from replacing a single tooth to a full mouth restoration. Several different types of implants and restorations are available. The choice depends on the amount of bone available, the patient's general health and restoration preference.
Why Mini Implants?
Thousands of mini dental implants have been placed and studies demonstrate a success rate of greater of than 95%. The entire process consists of a consultation visit to our office with x-rays and impressions being taken. At the next scheduled appointment, your implant(s) will be placed. This appointment typically takes less than an hour and your final restoration is then ready to be completed.
Mini Implants & Dentures
- Sometimes dentures can cause discomfort. Often our denture patients will complain of problems such as....
- shifting, tilting or wandering dentures
- sore gums
- trouble speaking clearly
- unable to eat foods they want, and etc.
What are MDI Implants?
The MDI System consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. 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.
Placing the MDI implants is a one-step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery requiring only local anesthesia, no sutures nor the typical months of healing.