No More Loose Dentures ~ Mini Dental Implants by MiniMark Can Help..but not Cost Effectively

Having a set of loose or ill fitting dentures can create a whole set of problems.  These problems can include cosmetic issues (the first things people see is your smile) and function(how well you can eat).



Sometimes my patients walk in what several sets of dentures they have had made over the years.  The first thing all of them say is that none of them fit.  I think its not that the dentures never fit it is that the dentures had nothing to hold them in place!  Thus the need for dental implants to secure in dentures.


So while some people come in to get their smile back ~ others come in to be able to function (eat) again.  I think with mini dental implants you can get both.  The ability to smile again.  The ability to eat the foods you enjoyed (salads, steaks, fresh vegetables).  Your diet will improve as you no longer have to swallow chunks of food. 


You self esteem will be regained as you now don't have to wonder what can I eat at the party or family outing.  You now don't have to wonder are my dentures going to fall out at the sporting event as you cheer, or sing at church.

So consider mini dental implants to secure in your dentures. At around 1/2 the cost of traditional implants with little to no pain its a safe and effective procedure. 

When you come to see us you only have to see one Doctor.  We place the mini dental implant and fit your denture with the snaps in the same office.  One Doctor means fewer visits and reduced costs.


Greatly increase the aesthetics of your smile with secure mini dental implant retained dentures.  You will look years younger.




The right set of mini dental implant retained dentures will also allow you to have proper function (chewing your food properly and the ability to speak correctly). 


MiniMark Implants

This case was done with MiniMark Implants.  2 mini dental implants in the front and 2 traditional size implants in the back.  All of the MiniMark implants have Zest Locator attachments that allow the denture to 'snap' into the mouth.  Once that is done and the implants heal the denture can be converted into a horseshoe shape for even more comfort. 

As a General Dentist I am pleased with the Zest Locator but I am extremely dissapointed in the price point of the MiniMark Implant.  It averages about 3 to 4 times the costof a comparable mini dental implant.  3M IMTEC, Intra Lock, OCO Biomedical all make excellent mini dental implants for lower and upper dentures at a more attractive price point.  With a lower price point more patients can move forward with implant retained dentures…something just not possible with the mini mark implant system.

The competitors to ACE Surgical mini mark implants offer surgical setups that allow Dentists to place a wider assortment of dental implants.  I must ask why any Dentist would want to invest several thousand dollars into a system that limits their ability so much?  With that kind of investment you could place minis to small diameter to larger size implants and not have to have several placement kits. 

I encourage any Dentist who does not place dental implants to learn how.  There are several good one day seminars on how to place mini dental implants.  These include seminars from Todd Shatkin, Ben Oppenheimer or mine (  OCO Biomedical Mini Dental Implant Seminar ).

Paresh B Patel Dental Implants Charlotte NC

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Missing Front Teeth Replaced with OCO Mini Dental Implants & Porcelain Crowns

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Who would be happy if they lost 1/2 of their front teeth? 

My next patient unfortunately broke her bridge and just could not stand the partial she had to replace them. 

Of course everyone wants to have fixed teeth; but cost is certainly a factor that must be addressed as an individual issue.  I tell everyone, anything can be accomplished…its just how much time, effort and other dentist more skilled than me do you want to see.  She had been given an treatment plan that was just too far out of her budget.  So we considered the option of using mini dental implants to create her a fixed bridge.

OCO 3.0 x 16 mini

For this case I selected some OCO Biomedical 3.0 x 16mm mini dental implants.  Cost effective and strong enough to make for a successful mini dental implant bridge case.






The simple placement protocol for mini dental implants allows for a no gum cutting procedure.  One small pilot bit is used to make a pencil lead size hole in the gum.  From that hole in the gum and bone a mini dental implant is gently rotated into position.

Second mini insertion


Here we see one OCO Biomedical mini dental implant fully inserted and the second 1/2 in.  Very minimal trauma to the gum and bone creates little discomfort for the patient.  The thread geometry allows for immediate stabilization of the implant.  Cases that would have taken 4 to 6 months now can be completed in 4 to 6 weeks. 



OCO 3.0 x 16


OCO mini dental implant x-ray fully inserted in the bone 3.0 x16mm long.











OCO mini 3.0 x 14


OCO Biomedical 3.0 x 14mm long mini dental implant fully inserted.











An i-Tero digital scan was taken on this case for First Impressions Dental Lab to make a 3 tooth bridge that will fit over the OCO mini dental implants. 

If you are a dentist considering adding implant placement to your practice a good place to start is the  Simple Implant Placement Education Course Seminar It is in Orlando Fl Jan 8th and is given by OCO Biomedical and Dr. Ara Nazarian.  I am very honored that I have been invited to present at this dental implant seminar as well. 

Paresh B Patel General & Implant Dentist Mooresville NC

Mini Dental Implants

OCO TSI Dental Implant & ISI One Piece Dental Implant

If you have a missing tooth or several teeth, dental implants are an option you should consider.  A dental implant (mini or traditional) acts as the root of a tooth and allows the attachment of a fixed crown to chew and smile with.

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Pan x-ray with missing premolar teeth in the upper and lower jaws



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The missing premolar teeth upper jaw







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Missing premolar tooth lower jaw









The placement of the OCO Biomedical one piece ISI implants is very straight forward.  No flap and minimal steps to insert; very similar to placing a mini dental implant.  With little surgery very little healing time is required.  Less discomfort is experienced by the patient with this kind of protocol.

Pilot bit with 10mm drill stiop

A small pilot bit is used to make a small hole in the gum and bone.  I do like in the OCO placement kit the various drill stops.  These are slipped over the pilot bit and will not allow the dentist to drill any further down that the stop. The 10mm drill stop is show here on the x-ray.







10mm drill stip

10mm drill stop on the OCO Biomedical pilot bit.  A great idea that I am glad to see made it into the placement kit.






Tissue punch

One more item I like in the OCO Biomedical ISI placement kit is the tissue punch.  The rounded end fits precisely into the pilot hole and a perfect plug of tissue is removed the exact size of the dental implant. 






Tissue out

Tissue removed for the placement of an OCO ISI 4.0mm dental implant.

Look at how nice of a tissue punch is created. 







The only other step is to use the final sizing bit and the OCO ISI dental implant is inserted into the gum and bone.  Since the dental implant is a one piece design there is no abutment to screw into place.  A impression cap is placed over the OCO ISI implant and off to First Impressions Dental Lab it goes for a porcelain crown.  OCO 4.0 x 10mm

The upper jaw was a bit more challenging in this case.  The bone that had filled in was not very dense and was soft in density.

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X-ray of the missing upper premolar teeth. 







I decided to place a two piece OCO Biomedical TSI implant.  With this I could place the dental implants and let them heal in the bone without my patient putting undue stress and strain on them.  The thing I like about the OCO TSI is that it has the same thread geometry and immediate stabilization design as the one piece OCI ISI dental implants.  I believe that most cases can be solved with the OCO ISI dental implant….however in those cases where primary stability can not be achieved then the two piece OCO TSI is a great tool to have in the office.

OCO TSI and driver

OCO TSI dental implant.  Same design….just in two pieces.






Placement is the exact same protocol. All the step are followed and a cover screw that is included is placed over the OCO TSI dental implant.

TSI cover and no cover

Clincial photo showing the OCO Biomedical TSI Two-Piece Implants.  One has the cover screw.  The other shows the gold Ti-Ni coating.  This gives the gum tissue a warm glow instead of a grey halo by masking the Ti surface of the dental implant.





OCO TSI pack

The collar is machine finished and is 2mm tall.  If a smaller collar is needed the OCO ERI (Esthetic Region Implant) offers a 1mm collar that is also Ti-Ni coated gold in color.











For Dental Implant Educationthe next OCO Biomedical course seminar will be in Orlando on Jan 8, 2011.  7 hours of Dental CE in implant dentistry is given. 

I  continue the post with the final crowns.

Paresh B Patel General & Implant Dentist Mooresville NC

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Mini Dental Implants What would we do without them? Go around without teeth?

I guess I must be a pretty scary dude…                           . Dr patel

It seems like all the patients that need to come see the dentist wait until the very last minute to ask for help.  We really are not that bad here at Lake Norman Mini Dental Implant Center. 

My next patient had a Cone Beam 3D scan done in March of this year.  She had a failing root canal on one of her upper front teeth.  She must talk to some of my other patients because she had done the same thing as several others…..super-glued her post and crown in at least a dozen times.Images[5]  Should I just consider superglue to sell here at the office?


All kidding aside…I must say its pretty creative what patients will think up to solve their dental problems.  I know it takes a lot  of courage to come into the dental office.  Those patients who are deathly scared of us please know that we are here to help.  We will not judge.  We only offer solutions and a range of them to fit what your goals are. 

Clinical photo of the crown and post that the patient had super-glued back into place.  X-ray shows the failing post and crown. 






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On her 3D CBCT we can see the HUGE defect in the bone where the dental abscess is at the tip of the root canal tooth.

And this is from March…its now December…hopefully I could thread in a Intra Lock 2.0mm mini dental implant into the Palatal(roof of the mouth side) bone to hold a temporary crown.



I took the tooth out preserving as much of the bone as possible.  It was now time to try and get the Intra Lock Mini Dental Implant in.Defect w mini in place








The Intra Lock mini dental implant was rock stable (over 40ncm) and now we would pack the defect with some bone grafting material and a collagen membrane.  In a few months we should have good bone to work with.  My initial thoughts are that the mini is going to integrate(heal) into the bone.  If it does not we should have enough new bone to place a new mini implant.



Bone grafting material in place, mini dental implant in place and gum tissue closed up and ready for a temporary crown.











Temporary Crown made chairside over the mini dental implant.  This way the patient does not have to wear a flipper type of partial one tooth denture.





Final x-ray of the mini dental implant.  We will see how the bone fills in and what our next steps will be.  She will return after a few months to check the healing and treatment plan the final restoration.