Is the technique for placing mini implants different from standard size implants?

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Mini Implants

TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in one single procedure that lasts about an hour. This technology was recently developed by Nobel Biocare and allows for collaboration between both the restorative doctor and the surgeon. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement. In addition, the fabrication of a final prosthesis is completed prior to the surgery. The computer-guided implant surgery is done in an arthroscopic fashion without requiring any flap reflection. This benefits the patient in that there is less postoperative discomfort, less swelling and less bruising. Patients can often resume their normal activities the next day.0:15    Click here for high-res versionThe process may start when a CAT scan or panoramic radiograph is taken of the patient’s jawbone. These x-rays allows for the generation of a three-dimensional model of the jawbone that can then be used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are more accurate implant placement, and less chair time for the patient at the surgery office.Teeth-in-an-hour procedures are very similar to Diem and Hybridge procedures.  They all borrow from the original Branemark high-water implant concepts.

Red Bank Dentist

Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are placed in a different technique than regular size implants. We consider mini implants for use in denture stabilization mainly. Since the mini implants are smaller in diameter, we compensate for the diameter by making the implants longer and increasing the number of mini implants we use in a case. 

As far as placement technique, with a regular size implant, imagine placing a screw into a dry wall.  You often do not need to prep the area, often the initial hole is all that is needed and the screw follows the path that is started.  This is the same idea with mini implants, as the threads or grooves follow the initial path that is started.  With standard size implants being wider, they need the area in which they will be placed to be prepared a bit wider and longer prior to implant insertion.

As far as performing the placement through the gum tissue, this can be done as long as we are assured there is enough bone width to do so.  If unsure, a dentist will require either a CT scan before surgery to let us know the bone volume or alternatively making a small incision of the gum tissue to visualize the area.

Hope this helps.

Mark Bishara, DDS
Toronto Dentist

Is the technique for placing mini implants different from standard size implants?

The technique is simplified over regular implants.  More important than placing the implants is figuring out the best solution to your issues.  There is a place for mini implants and when used correctly they give great results.

Always have a full work up and diagnosis before beginning work.

Dr Ira L Shapira

Mini implants are less invasive

Yes the technique in which required the placement of mini implants is much different vs conventional implants. Mini implants routinely don't required complete opening of the gum tissues, and they can be place thru the gums in the bone underneath.

Navid Zamani, DMD
Los Angeles Dentist
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