With over 75 Million Americans missing at least one tooth I am amazed that there are not more mini dental implants being placed.
Typical of what most patients who are missing teeth have. A empty spot somewhere in the middle of their teeth….just past the smile line. If they smile big enough you see the empty space. This is easily and painlessly corrected with 2 short visits to the dentist and a mini dental implant and crown.
In this patient case a Intra Lock MILO 3.0mm mini dental implant was placed from Shatkin FIRST. No surgery, no flap of gum tissue was cut, no bone was added. Just a simple procedure to gently rotate the mini dental implant into the gum. A small dental bit was used to create a opening in the gum the size of a pencil lead. Notice the lack of bleeding or trauma to the surrounding gum tissue.
Internal view of the Porcelain to Metal crown that will be cemented over the mini dental implant. Sometimes I am asked is there a fit to the crown? In this case there is a true fit, the crown will not rotate as it intimately adapts to the square base on the mini dental implant.
Porcelain crown by First Impressions Dental Labcemented over the Intra Lock Mini Dental Implant.
Final x-ray of the crown over the mini dental implant. Easy to place, easy for the patient to keep clean and a cost effective way for patients to consider dental implants that otherwise would just walk around with a missing tooth.
Implant dentistry is not just for the wealthy. It is and should be for everyone. Technology and forward thinking dentists such as Todd Shatkin have created a solution that most patients need and most dentists can perform. Easy implant placement courses to consider:
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What do patients that have no teeth really want? Is it dental implants? Crowns? Implant supported dentures? NO…they want their teeth. For right now that is not something that dentistry can give back to them… However we can get pretty close with some mini dental implants and a well thought out and fabricated full arch roundhouse bridge of porcelain crowns.
When we decide make a full arch of teeth over mini dental implants I like to make a well fitting denture to begin with. It is our blueprint for what the final crowns should look like. The patient can approve in the denture the color, size, esthetics, function, speech, etc….all before we make the investment in the final porcelain bridge.
Once the provisional denture is approved by the patient all the diagnostic information is sent to the Dental Lab for the final planning. This case was done with Evolution Dental Lab. A guide stent is made for the placement of the mini dental implants. This is done off the Cone Beam 3D x-ray scan to ensure the dental implants are placed in sound bone and will allow for the crowns to be placed in the correct approved position.
A wax mock up of the final design is made on the stone cast over the mini dental implants. This mock up will be duplicated in putty so I can make the patient in their mouth a temporary set of teeth to confirm everything once more.
Surgical guide for the placement of the mini dental implants.
OCO Biomedical Mini Dental Implants in place ready to have the temporary bridge made.
The temporary is made…notice how similar it looks to the approved denture. Since we have worked out most of the details of esthetics and function in the denture all I need to do is place the dental implants the the predetermined positions and copy the denture into the temporary bridge. The patient leaves that day without the denture. He has a fixed set of teeth to chew and smile with. Any slight changes, if needed, are made and the dental lab can make the final bridge.
The final mini dental implant bridge was made in two pieces. There is an exact fit to this bridge. Notice the multicolor pink porcelain to frame the porcelain crowns.
Back teeth for the mini dental implant roundhouse bridge.
Final bridge over the OCO Biomedical dental implants.
Mini Dental Implant Bridge cemented in patients mouth…day of placement.
Lip retracted view of the mini dental implant bridge. Notice the intimate fit of the pink porcelain to the gum tissue. The patient can floss or waterpick between each mini dental implant.
Steve with his new teeth the day of placement. He has a full arch of mini dental implants and a fixed non removable set of Porcelain crowns. Solutions similar to this start at $12,999. This includes the implants and the crowns.
What a wonderful way to get rid of your dentures and get back to living you life enjoying the things you want to do.
Without the advent of mini dental implants solutions like this would require a commitment of around $20,000 with more time/discomfort.
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Do you have a partial denture or are missing teeth? In some cases mini dental implants by OCO Biomedical can help you regain your teeth back in a very easy and cost effective way.
My patient had a lower partial that his wife called his 'church teeth'….as in he hated them and would only put the partial denture in when he went to Church.
Lower ridge without his lower partial denture in place.
I decided to use Mini Dental Implants due to the thin ridge of bone that was left. Once teeth are extracted the bone will melt away over time. Adding a partial denture will accelerate this process by the constant rubbing on the gum tissue.
This x ray shows the OCO Biomedical Implant in place. Notice how thin the bone is. If we did not have the option of using mini dental implants then either this case would not have been possible or the patient would have to have an additional surgical procedure to expand the bone or add a block of bone to the existing lower jaw. Both of which will increase expense, time, healing and discomfort.
OCO Biomedical Mini Dental Implants. These are 2.2mm Square Crown Versions. 2 are in place and the process will be continued for the additional two. These will support 4 individual lower front teeth crowns.
All 4 OCO one piece mini dental implants a few weeks later before the crown seat appointment. Notice how the gum tissue is climbing up the mini implants. I will re-contour the gum with a soft tissue laser.
The 4 individual mini dental implant porcelain crowns from First Impressions Dental Lab.
Mini Dental Implant Crowns. They are made to fit precisely over the OCO Biomedical one piece mini implants.
4 Crowns on the i-Tero scanned model. These crowns were designed and milled out of a solid piece of Zirconia Porcelain.
4 individual mini dental implant crowns in the mouth. They are cemented over the OCO Mini Dental Implants.
View with lower lip retracted. Photo is the day of the crowns being cemented in place, after the excess gum was shaped with the soft tissue laser.
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No ridge of bone left on your lower jaw? Suffering with a loose ill fitting denture? Tired of gluing down your denture and then still having it move around when you eat or talk?
Then you should ask for Mini Dental Implants to help create a snap in denture. In one or two visits you can now go back to eating the things that you enjoy. Have the security of loose dentures not falling out when you speak or sing.
Our next patient example is very typical of what we do.
Lower jaw where the teeth have been missing for years. The jawbone has been worn away by the lack of teeth and the lower denture constantly rubbing over the gum tissue. You can see the ulcer in the gum tissue where the denture rubs the tissue when the patient is trying to eat.
Example of a Mini Dental Implant. There are several reputable manufacturers of mini dental implants such as OCO Biomedical, Intra Lock, IMTEC MDI, and HiOssen. Any of these would be a good choice as all are FDA approved and have long term clinical success.
Patients existing lower denture. It is almost FLAT as there is hardly any ridge of bone for it to sit on.
4 OCO mini dental implants in the lower jaw ready to hold and secure the denture with snaps.
These 4 mini dental implants were placed in about 30 minutes. This case was a bit more difficult that most due to the extremely thin ridge of bone that was left.
Existing denture is relined with a soft material. Normally I would fit the snaps into the denture the same day. In this case we are making a new denture so I will let the soft reline material condition the tissue around the mini dental implants and will put the snaps in the new denture.
Final x-ray with the 4 OCO Biomedical mini dental implants that will secure in a snap in lower denture.
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