A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped post that serves as a replacement tooth root. Like a natural tooth root, it is housed in the bone beneath the gum. Implants are made of titanium, which has a unique ability to fuse to bone in a process called osseointegration. That's what makes implants so sturdy and reliable.
Today's state-of-the-art implant systems enable a minimum number of implants to support a maximum number of teeth. That means as few as four implants can be used to support a full arch (upper or lower jaw) of fixed, non-removable replacement teeth. What's more, it is sometimes possible to accomplish this remarkable, life-changing process in justone day!
Implant-supported dentures offer a more efficient and cost-effectivestrategy for permanent tooth replacement than using a single dental implant for every missing tooth, which is impractical and not recommended — particularly where bone loss has occurred. In order to restore the natural proportions of your teeth and gums with less bone volume, we need to create a lifelike prosthesis (replacement) that contains both teeth and gums; otherwise, any permanent replacement teeth would look overly long.
WHEN CAN MINI-IMPLANTS BE USED?
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.
HOW ARE THE MINI-IMPLANTS-BASED
Placement of the mini dental implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a process performed in the dentist's office.
The procedure generally takes 1 - 1/2 hours. Using a precise, controlled, minimally invasive surgical technique, Mini Dental Implants are placed into the jawbone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation for securing dentures. (upper dentures can also be secured).
It is a one step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery, no sutures nor the typical months of healing.
WHY ARE MINI-IMPLANTS DIFFERENT?
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 theneed to surgically cut and "flap" open the gum tissue, routinely required for standard dental implant systems, is avoided in most applications. As a result, post-insertion patient irritation and soreness is significantlyreduced.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
You must brush and clean the ball of the implants as if they were yournatural teeth. As with natural teeth, food and bacterial debris (plaque) must be removed after meals. If not removed, the plaque will causeinflammation of the gums and can be forced into the O-ring fixtures, causing improper seating and loss of retention. The O-ring fixtures must also be cleaned out.