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Q: What are Mini Implants
A: Mini implants are miniature titanium screws that acts like the root of your tooth and is used as a retaining fixture that is locked into the base of your denture. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. Mini dental implants ease the discomfort of loose dentures, help eliminate bad breath due to food being caught beneath the device, and significantly increase the wearer's confidence and well-being. They are also used to replace missing teeth with crowns or bridges.
Q: Am I a Candidate for Mini-Implants?
A: Anyone who has missing teeth or is frustrated with their denture is a candidate for mini- implants. Unlike traditional surgical implants that require a large amount of bone, with mini-implants we only need a small amount of bone.
Q: How Painful Is Getting Mini- Implants?
A: Unlike surgical implants, the mini- implants are placed in very non-invasive manner. Local anesthetic is applied to the gums (similar to when having fillings done), then the implants are quickly placed through the gums into the jawbone. There is virtually no sensation during this process.
Q: How Long is the Recovery Period?
A: You are given a prescription for medication when you leave the office. There is usually some discomfort that first day and night that is controlled with your medication. By the next day it is much better and you can go to work or do whatever you need to do with only mild soreness for 2-3 days. You can begin eating what you want a day or two after the procedure.
Q: What's the primary and most effective use for them?
A: The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a mandibular denture. Many people suffer a great deal of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Also, many denture wearers simply withdraw from any type of social engagement as a result of being compelled to wear them. Moreover, it's not uncommon for family members to complain about a denture wearer's disagreeable breath as a result of food being trapped and decaying under their denture prosthesis. Successful placement of the MDI addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems and concerns.
Q: How specifically can Mini Dental Implants help denture wearers?
A: The standard insertion protocol for mini dental implants calls for four of them to be gently screwed into the front of a patient's lower jaw. This is a relatively painless procedure requiring only a mild anesthesia. The mini dental implants, which are approximately the size of wooden toothpicks, are placed about five millimeters apart in the patient's mandible. The patient's denture is then carefully adjusted by the dentist to allow it to snap onto the four mini implants. The result? A tight fitting, completely reliable system that allows a patient to speak and eat with confidence. The Mini Dental Implants are placed in about two hours. Because of the unique, minimally invasive procedure, the minute size of the implants, and the characteristic placement area, the typical Mini Dental Implant patient can enjoy a light meal an hour or so after having the mini implants placed. Further,a denture patient who hashad his or her prosthesis stabilized with MDI can remove and replae the denture easily after a little practice, and can easily utilize good dental hygiene. All in all, the MDI is quite satisfying.
Q: How Successful are Mini-Implants?
A: Hundreds of thousands of mini- dental implants have been placed and studies demonstrate a success rate greater then 93% when provided by a properly trained and experienced dentist.
Q: Are there medical conditions that absolutely preclude the placement of these implants?
A history of radiation treatment to the jaws (generally for cancer)--this does not include diagnostic x-rays
Q: Are there factors which place the prognosis for these implants in doubt?
Heavy smoking and/or drinking
People who clench their teeth.
Young persons who are still growing