Mini dental implants or MDI’s are one of the more recent and unique innovations in the field of dentistry. In so many words, the procedure has changed the implant placement procedure significantly. MDI’s have eliminated the need for surgical procedures, unlike full implant placement which requires multiple visits to the dentist. Most importantly, the treatment is non-invasive in nature. It is also effective for stabilizing dentures with mini dental implants.
Prospective MDI patients at Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square and Shine Dental Associates in Syosset usually have questions concerning the procedure. The following are the most common FAQ’s regarding mini dental implants:
What is the acceptance and growing popularity of MDI procedures attributed to? Unlike conventional implants that require numerous surgical procedures and trips to the oral surgeon, general practice dentists can skillful place mini dental implants without any surgery being performed.
What is the main difference between conventional dental implants and MDI’s? The key difference between the two procedures is the implant’s diameter. Conventional implants measure between 3.25 and 7.0 millimeters (0.13 and 0.276 inches) in diameter while MDI’s typically measure between 2.0 and 3.0 millimeters (0.08 and 0.12 inches) in diameter.
What is the relationship between bone quality and MDI diameter? The quality of the bone where the MDI’s will be place is determined by bone density. Density is based on the following 4 factors:
• 1 very dense bone – requires an MDI diameter of 2.0 millimeters (0.08 inches)
• 2 moderately dense bones – requires an MDI diameter of 2.0 to 2.5 millimeters (0.08 to 0.1 inches)
• 3 low density bones – requires an MDI diameter of 2.5 to 3.0 millimeters (0.1 to 0.12 inches)
• 4 very low density bones – you may want to consider an MDI of 3.0 millimeters (0.12 inches), however, you are not a good candidate for mini dental implants
What is the relationship between bone quantity and the MDI’s length? In order to achieve optimum implant retention and stability, the dentist should use the longest possible implant available.
Why is there a difference in the length of MDI’s as well as their diameter? The mini implants diameter and length are both determined the amount and quality of bone in the mouth where the MDI’s are to be placed.