Mini-dental implants (MDIs) have changed the face of dental implant placement. Unlike full dental implants requiring multiple dental visits, MDIs eliminate the need for surgery. The development of long-term mini-dental implants allows the periodontist to place anchors in the jaw during one noninvasive treatment. The most common use for MDIs is the stabilization of dentures and over-dentures. MDIs firmly anchor the dental prosthesis, which means there is no longer any suffering with ill-fitting, loose dentures.
Mini-dental implants are designed to eliminate bone grafting and expedite treatment. Full implants require significant bone grafting and a recovery period. The latent period allows the anchor of the implant to properly embed itself into the jawbone. The smaller size of MDIs means there’s no recovery period necessary and the denture can be fitted the same day.
An MDI is a tiny dental implant (similar to a screw) designed to replace a natural tooth root. MDIs are generally constructed from titanium. The design and structure of MDIs promote quick healing and long-lasting results. The head of the mini-dental implant looks like a ball. This ball fits firmly into the retaining mechanism and holds the dentures in place. The dentures sit comfortably on the gum tissue and can withstand significant pressure and natural biting force.
MDIs are a true innovation for people who are reluctant to have invasive dental surgery and for denture wearers. One significant advantage MDIs have over full implants is that they offer a viable treatment choice for patients with extensive bone loss. Depending on the quality and density of jawbone at the implant site, four mini-dental implants can be implanted at one time. Unlike full implants, MDIs don’t require invasive surgery, which makes them a more gentle option. MDIs also minimize cost. Full-sized implants can be more costly to place, especially if many visits are required. The most common use for MDIs is to stabilize a lower denture, although they can be placed anywhere in the mouth.
Learn all about the benefits of mini-dental implants from periodontist Anna Munné, DDS. Call 713-795-4666 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our mini-dental implant patients come to us from Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County and Harris County, TX, including Pearland, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City and surrounding locations.