The latest technological advancement for the replacement of broken, damaged, decayed or missing teeth can be found in Mini Dental Implants. This revolutionary treatment has not replaced the need for conventional or traditional implants, instead it offers patients another choice. Technology has brought about the creation of smaller implants which are made of the same titanium alloy as their predecessors, at a reduced cost, making this procedure more affordable and, due to their smaller size, able to be used by a large number of patients who, until recently, were not implant candidates. Dental implants are an ideal option for men and women in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, accident or injury and wish to achieve a naturally, beautiful smile.
The Mini Dental Implant Procedure
The mini dental implant or MDI procedure is something that can be completed for most patients in just a single visit to the dentist. Your dentist will begin treatment with the administration of a local anesthetic. Once the treatment area is numbed, small incisions will be made in the gum line and a specialized drill will be used to create a place in the jaw bone for insertion.
The implant will then be inserted into the jawbone. Acting as a screw, a specialized wrench will then be used to tighten the implant into the bone until only the top portion, also known as the abutment, is visible at the gum line. The abutment connects the implant to the dental prosthetic.
Depending on whether the patient is replacing a single tooth, a group of teeth or an entire arch of teeth, a single or multiple implants may be needed. Once each of the dental implants is placed, the next step will be to attach the dental prosthetic(s).
Your dentist will then place retaining fixtures on the dental prosthetic, whether a crown, bridge or upper or lower set of dentures, which acts as a socket, fitting perfectly with the ball shaped abutment protruding from the gum line. This socket-like metal housing effectively ‘snaps’ onto the implant, providing a stabilized prosthetic that has the look and feel of natural teeth.
Unlike traditional implants, which require multiple treatments, MDI’s do not require any downtime and can be used immediately. Over time, the jawbone will bond with the titanium alloy of the dental implant, providing further stabilization and long lasting results.
Whether replacing single missing tooth, several missing teeth or a full arch of teeth, MDI’s are quickly growing to be one of the most sought after treatments for tooth replacement.