What are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are ultra small diameter (1.8 millimeter width), bio-compatible titanium alloy implant screws, conceived and developed 20 years ago by Manhattan dentist, Victor I. Sendax, DDS.
Dr Sendax originally created the unique design of this innovative dental product as a transitional device to help support fixed bridge replacements for missing teeth. Mini implants can also be used to support crowns. His novel theory was that the mini implants could function freestanding by themselves or in combination with natural supports and/or larger conventional cut implants. This was a revolutionary concept in dental science.
What about failures?
It must be recognized that all implant systems as well as natural teeth are subject to potential failure due to natural causes including osteoporosis, poor oral hygiene, wear and tear attrition, poor health, heavy, stressful biting habits and lack of follow-up dental maintenance care.
What type of surgery is involved?
A single, minimally invasive surgery is needed for insertion of the mini implants. They have been put into immediate biting or “loading” function thanks to their “self-tapping” design thereby anchoring a fixed bridge system. As a result, it is often possible to provide the complete mini implant of us in a single office visit.
How mini dental implants different?
As a revolutionary departure from routine implant methods, mini implants are so narrow they are typically inserted directly through the overlying gum tissue and into the bone underneath. Consequently the need to surgically cut out and “flap” open the gum tissue, routinely required for standard dental implant systems, is avoided in most mini implant applications.
As a result, post-insertion patient irritation and soreness is significantly reduced. While all dental implants require care during insertion to avoid encroaching on vulnerable nerves, sinuses and bony structures, the ultra small width of the mini implant offers a comfortable margin of safety.