If you are missing one or more teeth, and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Little uses the latest implant technology so you can smile again with confidence. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
Our highly trained team will thoroughly examine patients' existing teeth and bones, upper and lower jaws and soft tissues before recommending implants. Implants replace the roots of lost teeth and are inserted under the gums. After 3-6 months, the bones grow around and adapt to implants as if they were natural roots. Once the implants are firmly in place and the surrounding gum tissue is strong, they are ready to support the tooth replacement. When the process is completed, the "new" teeth are often hard to tell apart from a patient's original teeth.
If the implant site does not have enough bone volume to support the appropriate sized implant, you will need a bone graft. Bone loss can be the result from periodontal disease, injuries, cysts, infections or an extracted tooth. Normally, it can be determined if you will need a bone graft from your x-ray prior to surgery, but in some cases it is not discovered until opening the implant site.
Bone grafts are very safe and effective in the dental implant restoration. Once it is placed, it will help replace missing bone, stimulate bone formation and increase bone volume.
What Are MDI Mini Implants?
Dr. Little uses the MDI Mini Implant System. The MDI System consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball, and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
Dentures no longer have to be uncomfortable, loose fitting, noisy and difficult to eat with.
Recent advances in Prosthodontics and denture fabrication processes, coupled with the intelligent use of mini dental implants enables creative dentists to offer treatment outcomes that were once thought unaffordable by many patients.
Many, if not most, denture wearers have difficulty dealing with the way an upper denture fits ... and feels in their mouth. A reflexive gag response is not uncommon. Mini dental implants are very effective for a lower denture. For the upper arch, we recommend traditional implant placement. This enables many patients to have their denture trimmed, getting rid of the acrylic portion that covers the roof of the mouth. Similar to a fixed bridge, an Imtec supported upper denture can provide the comfort and confidence that a fixed bridge provides.
Dr. Little provides a wide variety of tooth replacement technologies that incorporate the use of mini implants.
Implant placement is usually dictated by the integrity of the jawbone and usually varies from patient to patient. While this graphic shows placement of 4 implants, many patients may choose to have more implants placed, wherever possible.
Mini implants, because of their inherent design features and size, eliminates the need for time consuming bone grafting procedures which typically require several months of healing that integrates the implant with the jawbone (process of osseointegration).
Patients with special circumstances regarding current tissue health and the appropriateness of implant surgery are invited to contact Dr. Little for assistance in obtaining the information needed for making an informed treatment decision.
Dental implant patients experience the benefits of new and permanent teeth, as well as a renewed confidence and improved quality of life. Contact us for more information about Dental Implants.