christman dental - Best Dentists

425 W Prairie View Road
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Phone: 715.726.1060       Fax: 715.726.1066

About Dental Implants

Dental implant therapy has been one of the most significant advances in dentistry in the past 25 years. Hundreds of thousands of patients have improved the quality of life that long term denture stability brings.

Mini-implants were developed to provide minimally invasive implants so that more patients could be treated. This is a great solution for patients that cannot withstand the rigors of conventional implant surgery or for those that are looking for a lower cost option over traditional implant treatment.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

The MDI System consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring 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. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.

Is the Mini Dental Implant FDA approved?

Yes. IMTEC has provided satisfactory technical and clinical evidence to that agency that the product is safe for public use and has beneficial attributes. The FDA granted its formal consent to market the Mini Dental Implant device not only as a transitional or temporary dental product, but also as a long-term item.

When can Mini Dental Implants be used?

When critically needed for support purposes, and where solid bony adaptation (integration) has clearly occurred, mini implants can function as long-term supporting structures rather than as short-term or medium term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients' jaws for several decades. Christman Dental also offers Mini Dental Implants for single tooth replacements and in crown and bridge cases.

What are the most effective uses for Mini Dental Implants?

  • Replacement to traditional dentures
  • Single tooth replacements

How specifically can Mini Dental Implants help denture wearers?

The standard insertion protocol for mini dental implants calls for four of them to be gently screwed into the front of a patient's lower jaw. This is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed by a Christman Dental dentist, requiring only a mild anesthesia. If it makes you more comfortable, we also offer sedation dentistry

The mini dental implants, which are approximately the size of wooden toothpicks, are placed about five millimeters apart in the patient's mandible. The patient's denture is then carefully adjusted by the dentist to allow it to snap onto the four mini implants. The result? A tight fitting, completely reliable system that allows a patient to speak and eat with confidence.

The Mini Dental Implants are placed in about an hour's time. Because of the unique, minimally invasive procedure, the minute size of the implants, and the characteristic placement area, the typical Mini Dental Implant patient can enjoy a light meal an hour or so after having the mini implants placed.

For more information about mini dental implant, download this brochure (pdf) , and contact Christman Dental today.