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Mini implants are a minimally invasive, affordable dental implant procedure that can provide the confident, beautiful smile you have always wanted – without the costs and time associated with full-size implant treatment. Smaller than full-size implants, mini dental implants are inserted to retain and stabilize your dentures and partials.
Mini dental implants:
Why Mini Dental Implants?
- Typically do not require an incision in the gums
- Cost significantly less than full-size implants
- Can often be placed with a 2-hour appointment
Even the best denture adhesives can’t compare to the denture stability achieved with mini dental implants. Mini dental implants are designed to help denture wearers laugh, talk, and live with comfort and confidence.
As the most popular small diameter implant system in America, 3M™ ESPE™ MDI Mini Dental Implants were developed to provide greater denture stability for those who:
How Mini Dental Implants Work:
- Can't withstand the rigors of full-size implant surgery
- Don't have enough bone to allow for full-sized implants to be placed
- Are seeking a more affordable dental implant option
A metal housing that is incorporated into the base of your denture. A rubber O-ring, housed in the metal housings, to provide the seal that locks the pieces into place. Mini titanium alloy dental implants, rooted into the jawbone, that act as an anchor to stabilize a lower denture.
The mini dental implant procedure takes place in your dentist’s office, with local anesthesia. Typically, the procedure takes only one appointment and can be completed within 2 hours!
Dr. Hall uses a precise and controlled technique to insert the small diameter implants (around 2-millimeters wide) into your jawbone.
With heads that are shaped like a ball, the implants protrude from the gum tissue where they will provide a secure anchor for your dentures.
Metal housings that carry a rubber O-ring will be inserted into the bottom of your dentures. When your dentist seats the dentures on the mini dental implants, the O-ring snaps over the ball like a socket and locks the dentures firmly into place as they gently rest on the gum tissue.
Implants are designed to help your dentures work like natural teeth, allowing easy and comfortable mobility for functions such as eating, talking, and laughing. The Results
Because of the minimally invasive nature of the mini dental implant procedure, the MDI placement won’t require you to go through a lengthy healing period.
Within a few days, you will be out and about, enjoying a lunch of your favorite foods, talking with ease, laughing, and smiling freely. All that time, you are feeling a new stability in your dentures—secure that they have the staying power you need without messy denture adhesives or creams. Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Mini Dental Implant (MDI) placement painful?
No, mini dental implants are placed with local anesthetic. Unlike full-size implants, MDIs are usually placed without making an incision in the gum. Will I have pain after the mini implant placement?
You should feel little discomfort, if any, after placement. Generally, any discomfort you do feel will go away within 48 hours. Over the counter pain relievers are usually adequate. If needed, your dentist can prescribe pain medication that will control the discomfort, which you should take as directed. How long does the procedure take?
Mini dental implants can be placed, and your denture fitted, in about 1 ½ to 2 hours. What will my first day feel like?
Your dentures will feel stable and secure. Though there may be some mild discomfort, you should not experience any excessive bleeding. You may eat when you are hungry. How do I take out the dentures?
Place your thumbs under each side of the lower denture rim. Push both sides up at the same time. You can also use your tongue to assist in the removal. Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. How do I put in the dentures?
You must first clean and remove any food and bacterial debris from the ball of the implants and O-ring features. This prevents inflammation of the gums by plaque, which could be forced into the O-ring fixtures and cause improper seating and problems with retaining the dentures in your mouth. Grasp the denture with both hands and lightly seat it, so that you are feeling the O-rings resting above the ball head of the implants. Press down firmly and equally on both sides, until the denture snaps into place. What if I have trouble putting in the denture?
Always remember that the implants and the dentures must be absolutely clean. You might need to use a lighter touch to rest each implant over its corresponding socket. When you push down on both sides of the denture, make sure you do so equally. If you still have difficulty, you may need another person, like a spouse or family member, to help you get the feel for placing the denture. What about care and maintenance?
Dr. Hall recommends a soft toothbrush for brushing and cleaning the implants and O-rings. In addition, regular cleanings by the hygienist are recommended every 6 months. Are mini dental implants covered by my insurance?
As with most elective dental procedures, insurance coverage varies widely. We would be happy to verify this information with your insurance company.