Mini Dental Implants
Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) are narrow diameter implants used to stabilise full lower dentures. MDIs are used in cases where traditional implant surgery is not possible and are placed using a minimally invasive surgical technique.
Who Are Mini dental implants Suitable for?
As they don’t require the same amount of bone as conventional implants, Mini Dental Implants can often be used in patients who have suffered significant bone loss following total tooth loss or gum disease. MDIs can also provide a more affordable solution for patients with limited finances and may also be suitable for those patients with complex medical problems who were previously advised that conventional dental implants could not be placed.
What Is Involved In Mini Dental Implant Treatment?
Following a thorough medial and dental evaluation, as with conventional implants, a bone scan may be necessary to determine how much bone is present. The correct size of Mini Dental Implant can then be selected
The MDIs can then be placed into the jaw while the patient is in the dental chair using a simple local anaesthetic. A simple impression and denture reline is performed and patients can leave the treatment room with their denture stable and anchored to their jaw. Following treatment there are some dietary (soft food diet) restrictions for a few weeks, however many patients report immediate benefits such as minimal denture movement, greater denture stability when coughing or sneezing and improved eating and aesthetics.
Dental research and published literature now has confirmed that these Mini Dental Implants integrate with the jawbone in the same manner as the larger conventional dental implants and their 5 – 10 year success rates are similar to that of conventional implant over dentures.
CDIC’s Dr. Hillel New was contracted by the Multinational 3M company as a KOL (Key Opinion Leader) and has been involved in training dentists across the Australian southern states to perform MDI treatments using 3M’s own ‘3M ESPE Mini Dental Implants‘.