Endosseous implants have been successfully used to restore edentulous mandibles with implant supported fixed bridges, hybrid prosthetic dentures and removable overdenture prostheses. However, atrophy of edentulous ridges may limit implant placement in the mandible. Anatomic limitations and resorbed alveolar ridges may compromise implant number, length, and inclination. The use of traditional implants sometimes requires extensive surgery, ridge augmentation, or bone grafting.
Small diameter implants placed with flapless surgery to support pre-existing conventional dentures present an alternative method of restoring patients with atrophic mandibles. Mini-dental implants from the IMTEC Corporation are an excellent example of this trend. They dramatically broaden the spectrum of mandibular overdenture patients who can successfully be treated. These 1.8mm implants differ from their full-sized counterparts in a number of significant ways. The configuration of the implant permits a more conservative placement protocol. No tissue flaps or tapping procedures are required, which results in fewer traumas to both gingival tissue and bone. Their smaller size also permits placement in ridges that might not otherwise be suitable for full-sized implants. All diameters in the MDI system are offered in lengths of 10, 13, 15, and 18mm. Classic or collared implant designs are available to accommodate various soft tissue depths.
The implants are firmly seated in place in intimate contact with bone. Once they have been fixed in place, they can be immediately loaded. There is no need for a long waiting period or second stage surgery. The simplified protocols, conservative procedures, and elimination of gingival surgery make this implant ideal for medically, anatomically, and financially compromised patients.
IMTEC Corporation now offers a new addition to its Sendax MDI mini dental implant system, a revolutionary one-hour, one-stage solution for long-term denture stabilization. The new 2.1mm MDI implant joins the already successful original 1.8mm diameter standard thread implant (for dense bone) and 2.4mm MAX thread implant (for softer bone). The 2.1mm implant offers increased surface area with the same standard thread design as the 1.8mm implant, enabling effective auto-advancement in dense bone. Collared 2.1mm MDI implants incorporate micro threading to enhance the healing and stability of connective and soft tissues while maintaining cortical bone. The new 2.1mm implant is another great option for MDI treatment plans.
I have had the opportunity to use the new 2.1mm diameter mini dental implants. They are a great addition to the mini implant line from IMTEC, the global leader. Fortunately the same pilot drill and insertion instruments are utilized to place the 2.1mm diameter implants. The added bulk in diameter seems to enhance fracture toughness, surface area, and strength. The addition of the micro thread appears to maintain cortical bone at the neck of the implant. Most importantly, the new size and design enhance implant to bone contact, which is essential for immediate load. Also, I have found that the 10, 13, and 15mm lengths are the most used. There are very few occasions where I have used the 18mm length.
A mini-dental implant service provides clinical and economic benefits to your practice and restores function and confidence to your patients. Denture retention and function are dramatically improved, and the results are immediate. The advent of the mini-dental implant has given general dentists an easy, less costly and rapid way of solving many of the difficult problems that arise in dental practice with complete dentures. It is estimated that over 36 million patients in the United States have lost their teeth, however, only one half of one percent have received implant therapy. This striking disparity signifies a huge untapped market for implants and dentures. If you are a general dentist and don’t place implants, mini dental implants from IMTEC are a great way to get started!
Imtec 2.1mm Mini Dental Implant
There is no need for a long waiting period or second stage surgery.
The Bottom Line
A great addition to the mini implant line from IMTEC, the global leader.