At the last Annual meeting for Mini Implant Dentists a friend of mine, Dr. Steve Brown, showed several of his cases where he used one mini dental implant for each root on a missing tooth. Of course I thought, huh? Not a bad idea, but is there really space?
To confirm I spoke with Valdi at Sam Shatkin's FIRST Labs. Valdi is the master lab tech at the Lab and he said, 'No problem, Dr. Brown has been doing that for years.' So with that information in hand I had to give it a try.
So, having the sink or swim kind of attitude, I enlisted the help of a friend and long time patient of mine. He had a missing upper molar that he desperately wanted back, not to mention he had been bugging me to death about it.
So with the big day here and multiple sizes of Intra Lock mini dental implants in stock, we got John numb with 1/2 a carpule of Lidocaine…not a lot really. Just enough to get the gum tissue numb.
We made one pilot hole and placed a 2.0 x 11mm mini….and then another pilot hole was made carefully. One more mini was tightened into place…..was there space for one more? I looked over at the assistant, she nodded her head in approval. The patient was just sitting there just like the guy in the cartoon….'A bit wider Mr. Sprinkle, I need to see if this tennis ball, I mean this last mini implant can be fit in' I said.
So there it was, 3 mini dental implants all snug in place ready to support a molar crown!