The placement procedure for mini implants is less invasive compared to traditional implants. They are usually placed using a minimally invasive technique that requires less healing time.
The placement of the implant is accomplished quickly and easily in a one-step procedure performed at our practice. Under local anaesthesia, or light sedation, employing precise and minimally invasive techniques, the implants are positioned into the jawbone.
The head of the implants protrude from the gum and provide a solid foundation for securing crowns, dentures, or a brace.
The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a lower denture. There are approximately 120,000 people in the UK who are “edentulous” (literally meaning lacking teeth), struggling daily with prosthetic devices. The majority suffer discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Some withdraw from any type of social engagement as a result of wearing them. It is also 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 implants addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems.
The head of the implant is shaped like a ball. The retaining fixture in your denture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. This snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated the denture gently rests on the gum tissue while the implant fixture allows for micro mobility while withstanding the natural lifting of eating.
Conventional Implants can be provided at the UK Mini Implant Service, meaning we can use the most appropriate treatment customised to suit your needs.
The implants are placed in the bone, using a particularly gentle surgical technique. This usually means that the patient experiences little discomfort after the implants are placed. For patients who are a little anxious, this procedure can be carried out under sedation.
Following the implant placement procedure, the implants are left undisturbed for a period of 3 to 6 months so that the bone can grow around the implants to form a strong biological bond to them. During this bone ‘remodelling’ phase, you will have some type of temporary replacement teeth, so that you never have to be without teeth during treatment.
Dental implants preserve bone because they function like tooth roots, firmly embedded in the bone. In order for the implants to become embedded in the bone, the bone must bond to the implants. This process takes anywhere from 1 to 9 months, depending upon the quality of the bone in which the implants are placed.
There are other treatment options that do not take as much time to complete; however none of these traditional methods of tooth replacement preserve bone. In fact, dentures and partials actually accelerate the bone resorption process.
The mini implants compare favourably to the conventional implants in many ways. However there are instances when it may be more appropriate to use conventional implants or a combination of both.
As a revolutionary departure from routine implant methods, mini 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, is 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 nerve, sinus or bony structures, the ultra small width of the mini implants offers a much more comfortable margin of safety.