In the past decade there has been an increased interest in cosmetic dentistry. We all realize that having a healthy, bright, and beautiful smile enhances our appearance, and allows us to smile with confidence. Thanks to the advancements in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless, and surprisingly affordable treatments.

Dental Implants

Single Tooth Implants: It's almost impossible to feel confident in your smile if you're missing teeth. Cosmetic dental implants can change that. With cosmetic dental implants, you get the best in function and aesthetics. Cosmetic dental implants are securely anchored in the jaw bone for maximum comfort and durability. The replacement tooth, or dental crown, is made of a tooth-colored porcelain so that your cosmetic dental implants look, feel, and function just like your real teeth!

If you're missing a tooth and want the very best dentistry has to offer, single-tooth implants can be perfect for you. Single-tooth implants act as tooth roots for replacement teeth. They are securely anchored into the jaw, and topped with a dental crown for the very best in look, feel, and function. Single-tooth implants also offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges and partial dentures as they permit surrounding teeth and the jawbone to be better preserved. Single-tooth implants are also easier to clean, and can even outlast bridges and dentures by about 10 years!

Mini Dental Implants

Mini Dental Implants (MDIs): Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) have changed the face of the implant placement process. Unlike full implant placement where multiple dental visits are required, MDIs eliminate the need for surgery. The development of long term MDIs now allows the dentist to place anchors in the jaw during one noninvasive treatment. The most common use for MDIs is the stabilization of dentures and overdentures. MDIs firmly anchor the dental prosthesis, which means there is no longer any need to suffer with ill-fitting, loose dentures!

What is the configuration of mini dental implants? An MDI is a tiny dental implant (similar to a screw) that is designed to act in place of a natural tooth root. MDIs are generally constructed from titanium and are either sprayed with calcium phosphate, or contain it along the length of the “screw” portion. The design and structure of MDIs promotes quick healing and long lasting results.

The head portion of the implant looks very much like a ball. This “ball” fits firmly into the retaining mechanism, and together these structures hold the dentures at a designated level. This allows the dentures to sit comfortably on the gum tissue, and make them able to withstand significant amounts of pressure and natural force.

What are the advantages of MDI placement? MDIs are a true innovation for people who are reluctant to have invasive dental surgery, and for denture wearers. One significant advantage MDIs have over full implants is that they offer a viable treatment choice for patients who have experienced extensive bone loss. Depending on the quality and density of jawbone available at the implant site, four of these mini implants may be implanted at one time. Unlike full implants, MDIs don’t require invasive surgery, which makes MDIs a gentler option. MDIs also minimize cost. Full-sized implants can be expensive to place, especially if many visits are required. The most common use for MDIs is to stabilize a lower denture, however they can be placed anywhere in the mouth.

How are mini dental implants placed? The entire mini dental implant placement procedure takes approximately one hour. Generally, in the case of lower jaw implants, four MDIs will be placed about 5mm apart. Prior to inserting MDIs, the dentist will use many diagnostic and planning tools to find the optimal place to implant them.

  • A mild anesthetic is administered.
  • A small hole is drilled in the jawbone to situate each MDI.
  • Each implant is screwed into place and tightened with a winged wrench.
  • Finally, a ratchet wrench is used to fully stabilize the MDIs.
  • The denture is measured against the mini implants and marks are made to indicate where the MDIs will fit.
  • The denture is sent to the laboratory to have holes drilled to accommodate the MDIs.
  • Here is a brief overview of the MDI placement procedure:

  • Once the denture has been fully modified, it can be affixed to the MDIs. The rubber O-ring on each MDI snaps into the designated spot on the denture, and the denture then rests snugly on the gum tissue. The MDIs now hold the denture comfortably in a tight-fitting manner.
  • In almost all cases, no stitching is required, and no real discomfort is felt after the procedure. After the denture placement procedure is complete, light eating can be resumed. The denture can also be removed and cleaned at will. MDIs enhance the natural beauty of the smile, and restore full functionality to the teeth.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about mini dental implants, please ask!