What are mini dental Implants?
For more than a decade, mini dental implants (MDI) have been utilized to stabilize lower dentures with high success and patient satisfaction reported throughout the literature. The procedure is fast, easy and affordable when compared to standard implant alternatives. The goal of the MDI procedure is typically the placement of four titanium screws in the bone without cutting of the gingiva or sutures. This minimally invasive protocol allows patients with medical conditions often seen as contraindications to standard implants to have the comfort of a stable denture.
- In some cases, we are able to place the mini dental implants and attach the dentures in the same day, resulting in a faster tooth replacement process.
- When used to anchor dentures, mini dental implants can enhance the comfort of your smile and allow you to chew, eat, and speak without worrying about slipping dentures.
Since they’re smaller in size, involve using less material for manufacturing, and use a more streamlined treatment approach, mini-dental implant surgery is usually significantly cheaper when compared to traditional implant placement.
Who Should Get Mini-Implant Dentures?
Anyone who wears dentures, especially a lower denture, will benefit from denture stabilization. Lower dentures are notoriously loose; even a well-fitting lower denture will become loose as bone resorption naturally progresses. The key to long-term success is to give the jawbone a purpose to prevent it from dissolving away.