What Are Mini-Implants?
For years denture wearers have had to put up with dentures that don't stay in place. With Mini-Implants this problem can be a thing of the past. Mini-Implants are ultra-small diameter titanium alloy implant screws that were developed, and have been used very successfully, for over 20 years. Mini-implants are so narrow they are typically inserted directly through the overlying gum tissue and into the bone underneath.
The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a full lower denture; they can be used for upper dentures and partials as well. A majority of denture wearers suffer a great deal of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Successful placement of the min-implants addresses, and solves, all of these problems and concerns.
How are Mini-Implants Different than a Conventional Implant?
The need to surgically cut and 'flap' open the gum tissue can be avoided in most Mini-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 nerves, sinuses or bony structures, the ultra small width of the mini-implants offers a comfortable margin of safety. Typically, patients complete the procedure and can eat their favorite foods again... the very same day!
What Type of Procedure is Involved?
The total process is actually split into four parts. You start with a 20 minute consultation to determine bone density and structure; the dentist will also explain the rest of the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Patients will then book their appointment. A single, minimal procedure is needed for insertion of the mini-implants. They are then put into immediate biting or 'loading' function thanks to their 'self-tapping' design, thereby anchoring them in place. As a result, it is often possible to provide the complete mini-implant service in a single office visit. The patient is then asked to come back the following day to ensure all is well. The last step is when the patient is seen one week later to ensure good healing has taken place.
The bottom line is simple: If a denture patient has sufficient bone mass to create a rock hard placement of the tiny implant the mini dental implants will generally withstand normal biting forces, just like natural teeth.
Are Mini-Implants FDA Approved?
Yes, the FDA granted its formal consent to market the device, not only as a transitional or temporary dental product, but significantly, as a long-term device. No other mini dental implant product currently on the market can make this claim.
How Much Do Mini-Implants Cost?
Mini-implants are a very inexpensive way to secure your dentures and have your bite returned to almost its original functionality. Every patient will have different needs and therefore it is difficult to know exactly how much mini-implants will cost you. At Keith Shrum Dentistry we will provide you with a complete estimate of how much your specific needs will cost, after your initial no-charge consultation.
Where Can I Have The Mini-Implants Procedure Done?
Mini-implants are only placed by specially qualified dentists that have been trained by the manufacturer of mini-implants, Imtec. Only 1.7 % of dentists can provide you with this service. Dr. Keith Shrum is one of those dentists.
What Are My Next Steps?
At Keith Shrum Dentistry we take every opportunity to help you make an informed decision. There are several options for patients interested in mini-implants.
If you need more information, the best place to learn about mini-implants is by requesting a free consultation. You can call our office at (615) 883-4600 to book your no charge consultation.