Mini-Implants “The Economic Snap On Denture”

E4D Design Center

If your loose denture is causing you to:

– miss out on life’s simple pleasures,
– miss eating your favorite foods,
– be afraid to laugh, smile or speak in public,
then it’s time to enhance your life with the Mini Implant Snap on Denture       Stabilization System!

Imagine This!

Visit Dr. Kachele and Associates in the morning, have the mini implants placed in less than two hours, then go out and enjoy your favorite lunch. Eat comfortably, have a pleasant conversation, laugh and talk with confidence. Your denture feels secure and is being held firmly in place.  All of this is available at an extremely affordable price.

How do mini implants broaden my options?

Dental implant therapy has been one of the most significant advances in dentistry in the past 25 years.  Hundreds of thousands of grateful denture patients have experienced the immediate improvement in their quality of life and confidence that long term denture stability brings. Several different types of implants and restorations are available.  The choice depends upon the amount of bone available, the patient’s general health and restoration preferences. We’ll discuss the options that will work best for you.

IMTEC, a 3M Company, revolutionized dentistry with the introduction of the minimally invasive implants for denture stabilization. These small diameter implants (around 2mm diameter) enable dentists to broaden the spectrum of patients that can be treated. The Mini-Implant Snap on Denture Stabilization System was developed in order to provide greater denture stability for those patients who cannot withstand the rigors of conventional implant surgery, who do not have enough bone to allow for full sized implants to be placed or those that are seeking an option with a lower cost than traditional implant treatment.

What is the Mini-Implant Snap on Denture Stabilization System?

The Mini-Implant system consists of a miniature titanium alloy implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture.  Currently, there are two main types of head designs used today with mini-dental implants.  One, which is shaped like a ball in which the retaining fixture acts like a socket with a rubber O-ring. The second, is called a “locator” abutment and is round in shape with a gasket sealed housing.  Both snap into place  when the denture is seated and holds the denture firmly in place.  When seated the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.

“I’m so thankful for how much the implants have improved the quality of my                                             life.  Everyone should consider doing this if they wear dentures. It’s so simple.”
~ Donna K.  from  San Marcos, CA

How are Mini Implants placed?

Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a process performed at our office, with local anesthesia. Using a precise, controlled, minimally invasive surgical technique, the Mini-mplants are place into the jawbone.  The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation for securing your dentures. Because of the minimally invasive nature of this procedure the placement doesn’t require a lengthy healing period, in most cases dentures can be stabilized the same day the mini implants are placed.

What will my first day be like?

We strongly reccomend that the denture is left in place for the first 48 hours after placement.  You should not experience any excessive bleeding.  There will be some mild discomfort, but this should be minimal and controlled by the pain medication you have been given.  If needed, take the pain medication only as directed.  The denture should feel secure.  You may eat as soon as you wish to, but avoid excessively hard or sticky foods for the period of time we will recommend.  Upon removing the denture, rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. The ACCESS™ Toothbrush is one type of tooth brush that we reccomended that has been specifically designed to clean your implants and gently stimulate the surrounding gum tissue.

How do I place and remove my dentures?

The implants and the o-ring fixtures must be clean and free from debris.  Grasp the denture with both hands and lightly seat the denture, feeling that the O-rings or Locator Housing attachments inside the denture are resting above the  head of the implants, then press down firmly and equally on both sides. Make sure that you feel the implant heads easily fitting each O-ring or Locator.  You will feel the denture snap in to place.  If you have trouble seating your denture, first make sure that the implants and denture are absolutely clean.  Second, make sure that you feel the implants resting over each socket. A light touch will give you the best results. Remember to push downward equally on both sides. If you are still experiencing difficulty, see if a spouse or family member can assist you in placing the denture.

To remove the denture, place your thumbs under each side of the lower denture rim and push both sides upward at the same time. The tongue can also assist in this simple removal process.

What about care and maintenance?

You must brush and clean the ball of the implants as if they were your natural teeth. As with natural teeth, food and bacterial debris (plaque) must be removed after meals. If not removed, the plaque will cause inflammation of the gums and can be forced into the o-ring fixtures, causing improper seating and loss of retention. The o-ring fixtures must also be cleaned out.

The ACCESS™ Toothbrush has been specifically designed for optimum cleaning of the implant fixtures. Ultrasonic cleaners are ideal for insuring that the retaining fixtures are kept clean and free from food impaction and debris.  Use either mouthwash or a 50-50 peroxide solution in the ultrasonic cleaner.  A “Water-Pic” may also be used to rinse out the denture fixtures.  Do not use effervescent cleansers, as these may deteriorate o-rings. If the denture does not remain firmly in place, call us, we will schedule a check-up.  And at that time the condition of the implant, your gums, and the O-rings or Locator housings will be evaluated and properly maintained.

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FAQ’s about Mini-Implants 

Q: What are mini-implants?

A. A mini-implant is a titanium screw with a round head that is placed into your jaw and o-rings are placed into your lower denture to snap your denture securely in place. In many cases these implants can be placed and the mini dental implants snapped into place the same day.

Q: How are mini-implants placed?

A. Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a process performed in the dentist’s office with just Novocain or if you prefer, we can use oral conscious sedation to help make you more comfortable. A small hole is placed in your gum and the mini-implants are gently screwed into the bone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation that your denture will actually SNAP tightly on to and secure itself.

Q: What are the benefits of the mini-implants?

A. The great thing about mini-implants is that they hold the lower denture securely in place, even though they are small, easy to place and painless! New mini-implants require less bone than conventional implants for attachment, so more people are eligible. There is no surgery! The implant just needs a small hole. The procedure takes less than an hour and placing the implant involves very little trauma. In some cases you can attach the denture the same day the implant is placed. A patient’s old loose lower plate can often be retrofitted at the same time that the mini-implants are placed. It is sometimes possible to put mini-implants in your old denture, saving the cost of a new set of dentures. The new mini-implant is now affordable.

Q: What is the process of getting mini-implants?

A. At your initial consultation, you will set the appointment for the mini-implant placement that will be retrofitted into your old dentures or placed prior to making new dentures. If new dentures are being made, it usually takes at least three more visits to make new dentures with mini-implants in the lower denture. The process can be made easy for the patient with non-lingering Novocain that is now available. When you leave you will not be numb. We also make available “sleep dentistry” or oral conscience sedation so you can have a perfect experience without any memory of it.

Q: How do I know if I’m a good candidate for mini-implants?

A. Unless you have had radiation to your jaw, have uncontrolled diabetes or have extreme bone loss, you are probably a good candidate. We have successfully placed implants in people that have lost nearly all of their lower jaw bone. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the best candidates don’t smoke and have healthy gum tissues.

Q: How soon can I use them?

A. The mini-implant can be used immediately. The great thing is that the day the mini-implants are placed, you can often attach the denture the same day. A patient’s old, loose existing plate can often be used.

Q: How long does it take?

A. First, you have an initial consultation, which is at no charge. We explore the treatment options for your specific condition. Then, we set the appointment for the mini-implant procedure. We may be able to place the implants and connect your denture that day. There are occasions when waiting six weeks is advisable.

Q: What do they cost?

A. Mini-implants are highly affordable.  We reccomend six mini-implants for the needed support and longevity.   We have found that underplacing the number of mini implants do not provide the support needed for the stresses of chewing and that mini-implant loss and failures in the past can be minimized.   You may find others offering fewer implants at more affordable rates, but we have found that the success rates for the long term can decrease substantially with fewer placement of mini-implants.  We still find that we can save thousands when compated to the All on 4 procedures and multiple fixed implant procedures.  We can place 6 mini-dental implants for under 7500 if the exisiting denture is used and retrofitted.   

Q: How successful are they?

A. Implants are over 90% successful. That means that 10% will have to be removed. There is a $600 charge to replace implants that are lost.

Q: Does it hurt to put them in?

A. Mini-implant placement is a simple one-step procedure. Your gums will not be cut open and no sutures are needed. The process is made easy for you with non-lingering sedation and oral conscious sedation. You will walk out of the office and probably have no pain at all.

Q: Does it hurt after they are placed?

A. When you go home you can resume all of your normal activities. It is infrequent that people need to take even ibuprofen.

Q: What do you do for very anxious patients?

A. We use a unique technique that does not leave your whole jaw numb for hours. This non-lingering Novocain is very pleasing to patients. Also, our staff is highly skilled in helping you feel safe and comfortable. In addition, we offer oral conscious sedation that makes the experience totally comfortable and you will not remember anything or feel anything that was done in placing the implants.

Q: How secure are the mini-implants?

A. A mini-implant is like putting a screw into a piece of wood. The mini-implants are placed into the jawbone and in a few weeks attach themselves solidly to the bone. Although some people have difficulty removing the lower denture, I haven’t had anyone complain that it is too tight.

Q: What problems can occur?

A. These are mini-implants, they are about 1/3 the size of conventional implants and they can break when they are placed. If one breaks, we simply put another next to the one that broke. Some of the implants get loose and have to be removed. There are times when we will replace lost implants.

Q: What maintenance is there?

A. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your mini-implants, the fit of your dentures, and the health of your gums. The o-rings or Locator housigs will get loose and will need to be replaced because they do wear out.  The more often that you remove and replace your dentures the more frequently you will need to come in to the office and have the o-rings replaced.

Q: Can they be fit under my existing dentures?

A. Yes, a patient’s old, loose existing plates can often be used at the same time that mini-implants are placed.  If the existing denture is extremely worn, is over 5 years old or has a poor bite, it may be necessary to make new dentures.

Q: Can they be used on the upper denture?

A. Usually the upper denture is more secure than the lower denture.  Retention for the upper can often be remedied by being properly fit.  The mini-implants are far more successful in the dense lower jaw than in the hollow bone of the upper jaw.

Q: Why are they so much more successful on the lower than the upper?

A. Lower dentures seem to have more problems and are often called ‘floaters’ because they literally seem to float in the mouth. The less the ridge a person has, the greater the problem. The lower can cause such embarrassment that some people don’t even wear them. People become reclusive and restrict their diets. Loose lower dentures make it so difficult and painful to eat that some people actually become malnourished. Mini-implants really solve the problem of lower dentures.

Q: Will you put them on the upper?  Can I get back some of the taste I lost for food?

A. The bone on the upper is just not as dense as the bone in the lower jaw. There isn’t as much of a problem with the upper floating as the lower plate so many will not consider the need for the upper.  However, we have found that we can also get rid of the portion of the denture that covers the roof of the mouth with this procedure allowing our patients to get back some fo the taste they have lost with the upper denture and to get rid of any tendancy for a gag reflex when we modify the upper denture.  We charge a modify denture fee for the upper of $250.00.

Q: Can they be used if there are some teeth present?

A. Yes, but this is a rare occasion.

Q: Can mini-implants be used in place of unsightly clasps?

A. Yes, it is conceivable but it is not the purpose that the mini implants were designed for.

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