Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mini Dental Implants

What Are Mini Dental Implants?
A mini dental implant consists of a miniature titanium implant that behaves just like a tooth root. A retaining fixture then attaches the MDI to the base of a denture. Because the head of the implant is ball-shaped, the retaining fixture functions as a socket of sorts that contains a rubber O-ring. This O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture seats. This, in turn, holds the denture at a pre-set level of force. The intent here is for the denture to rest gently on the gum tissue.

Why were mini implants invented to begin with?
The primary function of the mini dental implant is to stabilize a lower denture. Approximately 50,000,000 Americans lack teeth. On a daily basis, these people suffer as they struggle with their dentures. Many feel tremendous discomfort because of low or poorly fitting dentures.

Most people who wear dentures become very shy in public. Dentures also trap teeth and can cause bad breath, and many people feel particularly embarrassed to be around those they love the most.

These issues can be greatly rectified by placement of mini dental implants. All over the world, denture patients have reported feeling great relief from loose dentures. With the help of a good cosmetic dentist, an MDI can stabilize a denture and help the patient start an entirely new chapter of confidence and joy in his or her life.

When do cosmetic dentists recommend the placement of MDIs in the lower jaw?
Cosmetic Dentists recommend them when they are needed to support dentures. When solid bony adaptation, or integration, has clearly occurred, mini dental implants function as long-term support structures instead of medium term support structures. Some have successfully lasted for decades in patient jaws. Over the past several years, many cosmetic dentists have used MDI’s for single tooth replacements and as supports for crowns and bridges.

How are mini dental implants placed in the mouth?
They are gently screwed into the lower jaw. This involves a minimal amount of discomfort for the patient. Cosmetic dentists typically apply a mild anesthetic to ensure the patient does not feel pain. MDIs are about the size of wooden toothpicks and are easily placed in position using this method. Typically, they are placed about five millimeters apart in the jaw.

The dentist then carefully adjusts the lower denture to make it snap into the four mini implants. This results in a tightly-fitting, completely reliable system that lets a person speak and eat with confidence. Because of the non-invasive nature of this procedure, patients can normally eat a light meal only hours after placement of MDIs. The presence of mini implants does not impede removing and cleaning dentures, either. With a bit of practice, a person can learn to remove them easily and practice good dental hygiene.

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