Mini Dental Implants in Manhattan, Long Island, & New Jersey
Securely Snap on Your Dentures
The Boomer generation is now becoming the fastest growing population in the US. Over the last decade alone, the over 65 population has more than tripled, and will continue to grow exponentially in the coming years. Statistically, 26% of these individuals will lose their teeth at some point during their elder years: a common problem. A common solution they are offered to replace their teeth is a word no one wants to hear: dentures.
Removable dentures used to be the standard care of replacing teeth. However, major short- comings and problems exist with them:
A sizable percentage of individuals missing teeth do not even bother wearing dentures unless they go out in public. However, something affordable can be done to improve the stability and comfort of your dentures: Mini-implants.
What are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are narrow diameter biocompatible titanium alloy implant screws, conceived and designed over 20 years ago. The mini implants were originally used to support fixed bridge replacements for lost teeth. Thereafter, they have been used to stabilize dentures, in particular the lower dentures.
The advantages of mini implants over traditional implants is that they can be placed in a narrow jaw or in a jaw where bone grafting would be needed. This will make treatment much more affordable and the procedure more comfortable since smaller or no incisions will be needed to place these mini implants.
Which Type of Mini Dental Implant is Right for You?
Unlike normal dental implants, it does make a difference which type of mini-implant used to stabilize your denture. The current and most commonly used mini implant is a single narrow implant screw with a round top called an O-ring. When this type of mini-implant is used, 4 of them are necessary to stabilize the denture. These mini implants are helpful in stabilizing the denture, but have many shortcomings:
- 1. These mini implants are attached immediately to the denture. However, no time is given for the bone to heal and integrate around these mini implants. This causes many of them fail frequently and require replacement, which adds to additional cost.
- 2. The housing of the O-ring is too thick causing the denture to be thinner and more susceptible to fracture
- 3. The housing of the O-ring wears out too quickly and need frequent replacement which adds additional cost.
- 4. The quality of the titanium is random and usually a poorer grade.
- 5. O-ring attachment give less retention and stability of the denture. This can cause more food impaction underneath the denture.
- 6. Should retention of the denture decrease, it is not possible to upgrade the retention with the same mini implant.
Fortunately a new and improved mini implant can be used. A minimum of 2 of them are needed and it uses a special patented locator to stabilize the denture. The following are other advantages of this mini-implant:
- 1. This two piece mini implant is the first and only one of its kind. By being two pieces, it can allow the bone to integrate and fuse to the implant. As a result, the success rate of loading these implants are much higher.
- 2. The housing for the implant, which is called a locator, is not as thick as the O-ring of the other mini-implant. Therefore the denture is less likely to fracture.
- 3. Fewer implants are needed to stabilize the denture. This reduces cost.
- 4. The locator does not wear out quickly. This also reduces cost.
- 5. Better quality titanium than current mini implants. These don’t fracture as easily.
- 6. Gives greater retention than the other mini implant. Less food gets trapped underneath the denture.
- 7. Retention can be upgraded if necessary. No more redo’s of mini implants.
This new mini-implant functions the same as a normal implant. The only difference is that it is a much more affordable solution and fits where the bone is thinner. Therefore the surgery to place them can be minimally invasive with no additional costly bone grafts.
Mini Dental Implants FAQ
- What Are Mini Dental Implants?
- Is the Mini Dental Implant FDA approved?
- When can Mini Dental Implants be used?
- What’s the primary and most effective use for Mini Dental Implants?
- How specifically can Mini Dental Implants help denture wearers?
- What about failures with Mini Dental Implants?
- How are Mini Dental Implants different?
- What type surgery is involved with Mini Dental Implants?
- What will my first day be like with Mini Dental Implants?
- How do I place & remove my dentures with Mini Dental Implants?
- What’s a typical daily routine one might expect once the Mini Dental Implants have been placed?
- I’ve heard that standard dental implants are somewhat expensive. What about Mini Dental Implants?
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are ultra-small diameter (l.8-2 millimeter width), biocompatible titanium alloy implant screws, conceived and designed over 20 years ago. The mini implants originally created the unique design of this unique dental product as a transitional device to help support fixed bridge replacements for lost teeth. Then after time, we saw that mini implants could function free standing by themselves or in combination with natural tooth supports and/or larger conventional type dental implants. This was a revolutionary concept in dental science.
Is the Mini Dental Implant FDA approved?
Yes. After providing satisfactory technical and clinical evidence to that agency that the product was safe for public use and in fact had beneficial attributes, the FDA granted its formal consent to market the Mini Dental Implant device not only as a transitional or temporary dental product, but significantly, as an on-going item.
When can Mini Dental Implants be used?
When critically needed for support purposes, and where solid bony adaptation (integration) has clearly occurred, mini implants can function as long-term supporting structures rather than as short-term or medium term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients’ jaws for several decades.
What’s the primary and most effective use for Mini Dental Implants?
The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a lower denture. There are approximately 50,000,000 people in the United States who are edentulous (literally meaning lacking teeth) who struggle daily with prosthetic devices. A majority suffer a great deal of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. 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 Mini Dental Implant addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems.
How specifically can Mini Dental Implants help denture wearers?
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 that can be performed by a general dentist, 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 an hour’s time. 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 after having the mini implants placed.
What about failures with Mini Dental Implants?
It must be recognized that all implant systems as well as natural teeth are subject to potential failure due to natural causes, including osteoporosis, poor oral hygiene, wear and tear attrition, poor health, heavy, stressful biting habits, and lack of follow-up dental maintenance care. Mini implants similarly do not carry any actual or implied guarantee as to longevity. However, the loss of a Mini Dental Implant is a far less critical event to the patient since it may be replaced at relatively minimal cost compared to conventional implants, and with minimal associated bone or gum deterioration.
How are Mini Dental Implants different?
As a revolutionary departure from routine dental implant methods, Mini Dental Implants are so narrow they are typically inserted directly through the overlying gum tissue and into the bone underneath. Consequently the need to surgically cut and flap open the gum tissue, routinely required for standard implant systems, may be avoided in most Mini Dental Implant applications. As a result, post-insertion patient irritation and soreness is significantly reduced. While all dental implants require care during insertion to avoid encroaching on vulnerable nerve, sinus or bony structures, the ultra small width of the mini implants offers a much more comfortable margin of safety.
What type surgery is involved with Mini Dental Implants?
A single, minimally invasive surgery is needed for insertion of the Mini Dental Implants. The implants are then put into immediate biting or loading function thanks to their self-tapping design, thereby anchoring a fixed bridge system. As a result, it is often possible to provide the complete mini implant service in a single office visit. Mini dental implants clearly represent an enormous breakthrough for the dental implant specialty as the most patient-friendly, cost-effective, proven dental implant system available today.
What will my first day be like with Mini Dental Implants?
Leave the denture in place until bedtime. You should not experience any excessive bleeding. There will be discomfort but this should be minimal and controlled by the recommended pain medication. The denture should feel secure. You may eat as soon as you wish to, but avoid excessively hard or sticky foods at first. Upon removing the denture, rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash and clean around each implant fixture with a cotton swab and toothpaste. Use a cotton swab for the first three days. After that, use your ACCESS toothbrush. It has been designed to clean your implants and gently stimulate the surrounding gum tissue.
How do I place & remove my dentures?
The Mini Dental Implants and O-ring fixture must be clean and free from debris. Grasp the denture with both hands and lightly seat the denture, feeling that the O-rings are resting above the ball head of the implants, then press down firmly and equally on both sides. Make sure that you feel the implant heads easily fitting each O-ring. You will feel the denture snap into place. If you have trouble seating your denture, first make sure that the denture and implants are absolutely clean. Secondly, make sure that you feel the implants resting over each O-ring. A light touch will give you the best results. Remember to push downward equally on both sides. If you are still experiencing difficulty, see if a family member can give you assistance. To remove the denture, place your thumbs under each side of the lower denture rim and push both sides upward at the same time.
What’s a typical daily routine one might expect once the Mini Dental Implants have been placed?
As with all dental applications, there’s a short adjustment period during which time you become comfortable placing and removing the denture. Typically, this involves removal of the lower denture in the morning, brushing the gums and implant area with an ACCESS curved bristle toothbrush, rinsing the mouth, rinsing the denture itself, then replacing it.
You must clean and brush the ball of the implant as if they were your natural teeth. As with natural teeth, food and bacterial debris must be removed or it will cause inflammation of the gums. In addition, food and debris can be forced into the O-ring fixture causing improper seating and loss of retention. The O-ring fixture must also be cleaned out.
The result is a normal day’s activity for you, including eating, talking, taking a nap, etc. Then, in the evening, the denture is usually removed again, the ACCESS brush is used, and the mouth thoroughly rinsed. The result is a fully functioning dental appliance that works.
I’ve heard that standard dental implants are quite expensive. What about Mini Dental Implants?
Mini Dental Implants are surprisingly affordable, at a fraction of the cost of traditional implants. By choosing the Mini Dental Implant, you’ve chosen an enhanced way of life free of a lot of the discomforts and heartaches of a loose or ill-fitting denture. That’s worth a lot.
Schedule Your Mini Dental Implants Appointment Today
Begin your journey toward a beautiful smile today by scheduling a personal appointment with one of our highly experienced dentists. As exceptionally skilled, board-certified New York periodontists, they will perform a thorough evaluation of your gums, jaw bone and existing tooth structures in order to recommend the best treatment. You can schedule your appointment by calling us or clicking here.