The Mini Dental Implant 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.
Easier chewing and biting
Firmer denture fit
No cutting or sutures
Quick treatment time
Better smelling breath
No rotting food beneath the denture
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 PLACED?
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 the need 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 significantly reduced.
Care and maintenance
You must brush and clean the ball of the implants as if they were your natural teeth. As with natural teeth, food and bacterial debris (plaque) must be removed after meals. If not removed, the plaque will cause inflammation 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.