OCO Biomedical Mini Dental Implants for Single Tooth Porcelain Crowns

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. 



Without partial denture


Lower ridge without his lower partial denture in place.




ICAT OCO mini 25

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 mini implants lower jaw

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.




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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. 


Porcelain crowns

The 4 individual mini dental implant porcelain crowns from First Impressions Dental Lab





Mini Dental Implant crowns internal


Mini Dental Implant Crowns.  They are made to fit precisely over the OCO Biomedical one piece mini implants. 




Mini Dental Implant Crowns on model

4 Crowns on the i-Tero scanned model.  These crowns were designed and milled out of a solid piece of Zirconia Porcelain. 





Mini implant crowns in mouth

4 individual mini dental implant crowns in the mouth.  They are cemented over the OCO Mini Dental Implants. 



Day of insertion


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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OCO Biomedical I mini i micro 2.2 & 2.5mm dental implant for fixed crowns~bridges~dentures

OK…since I first found about the OCO i mini (i micro)dental implant in the 2.2 and 2.5mm diameters I have been dying to try some.  A square crown and bridge head is just what I had looking for in the Intra Lock offering; but sadly enough they did not take me up on my suggestion. 

In my hands I find more uses for a dental implant less than 3.0mm in size so the OCO i micro and i mini were a welcome addition.  Each size comes in 10,12,14 and 16mm lengths and comes in either the square crown head or o-ball for denture use.  Another good point about the OCO micro implants is that they use the same Imtec MDI or Intra Lock MDL drivers.

Alright enough of the nuts and bolts of mini implant sizes and companies…they all work so use what you like I guess.  Now on to the main event.

My new patient came to see us to see if mini implants could help him either wear his upper denture again or to get rid of it totally and give him a fixed solution that he would not have to remove.  After the appropriate discussions, diagnostic xrays and records we decided on a cost effective solution….8-9 mini implants to support a fixed hybrid cement retained upper bridge (or in simple terms a bridge made of metal, porcelain or resin teeth, and pink acrylic to replace the missing gum tissue)  Even that is a mouthful to say (or put in!)  Although the upper ridge looked wide and felt like it should have miles of good bone his maxillary sinuses had pneumatized (enlarged sinus cavities with little bone present).  Mark Pre Mini Implant
OCO Biomedical mini implant size 2.5 x 12mm were used in this caseOCO imicro mini implant
Since I am used to the Intra Lock packaging where there is no finger plug on the mini I did not particularly care for it and made the insertion into the bone a bit cumbersome for me.  I think the Intra Lock mini implant direct to implant handpiece for insertion makes more sense.   OCO packaging

However in the end I do like the OCO product…the mini or micro implant feels sturdy and the thread pattern cuts and condenses bone very nicely.  By the 3rd one I had gotten used to the finger driver step before seating the implant fully with the implant handpiece.

I was able to get 9 OCO mini implants in place…a post op iCAT scan was taken to ensure that I got them in bone.  We reamed out holes in his upper denture to cover the OCO imicro implants. 

A PVS impression was taken in a duplicate denture we made in our Lang duplicating flask.  That way the lab has the correct vertical dimension for his bite, and a guide for his tooth setup.  Once the case is mounted the crown abutments will be adjusted in the mouth with a reduction jig for draw and room. 

I will post the impression, metal work tryin, final product soon.


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Paresh B Patel DDS – Dentist Mooresville NC

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