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Mini Implants

Dr. Biggins has been placing and restoring implants, mini implants, and hybrid implants of multiple manufacturers since 1988. It is one of the most satisfying procedures of our patients.

Mini implants are a commonly used denture stabilization process which is gaining popularity among dentists and patients alike. This is mainly due to their affordability and quick treatment time. Mini implants are the advanced version of traditional implants and offer much less pain and cost. Mini implants are titanium rods that are screwed in to the jawbone. The titanium rod fuses with the jawbone and will hold a denture in place. They also can replace a single tooth.

The mini dental implant costs much less than standard implant surgery which can include multiple appointments and often other surgical procedures. Mini dental implants are effective for those who do not have sufficient jawbone to hold dentures in place. Because the implant acts as the replacement for the root of a tooth and multiple implants can be placed, your dentures will be secured.

Titanium is the superior material to create implants for many reasons. Titanium is a costly metal that has been extensively tested to be harmless to the human body. It fuses with bone very easily and efficiently. The risk of rejection is minimal, about 10%. This is just another reason why mini’s are an excellent solution for denture stabilization and tooth replacement.

Mini dental implants are a popular procedure among traditional denture wearers and come highly recommended. Dentures have a disadvantage of not being fixed to the jawbone which is why they can become loose. It is common for denture patients to not have enough of a bone ridge to properly support a traditional denture. Titanium implants have a retaining fixture like a nylon snap or a rubber ‘O ring’. The denture can be snapped in and out.

Mini dental implants are ideal for both full, partial dentures, and often a single tooth. You no longer have to worry about messy glues, loose fit, and trouble eating or smiling. Mini dental implants give you back your lost confidence to talk and eat freely.

Conventional implants , as opposed to minis or hybrid implants, are about twice as costly. They often require more procedures which also can extend the treatment time. Conventional implants also require generous amounts of bone in depth and width. The quality of the bone (density) is also a significant factor.


Implants with Attachments

Underside of Denture

Denture Snaps On

MDI Implants

What Are MDI Implants? 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. How Are MDI Implants Placed? Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and esily in a process performed in the dentist's office, with local anesthesia or light sedation to help make you more comfortable. Using a precise, controlled, minimally invasive surgical technique, MDI Implants are placed into the jawbone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation for securing your dentures. It is a one-step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery, no sutures nor the typical months of healing.

Regular Implants

Removable Prosthesis

WIth a removalble prosthesis, the new teeth are joined to the implants by a connecting device, such as a clip and bar. This allows you to take the prosthesis out for cleaning. For support, this type often uses four to six implants per jaw.

Fixed Prosthesis

With a fixed prosthesis, the new teeth are fitted to a frame that is secure to the implants. Five or more implants are placed along the contour of the jaw. In some cases, a fixed prostehsis offers more stability for chewing.


Making the Incision
A small opening is made in the bone in the gum to expose the jawbone. This allows the surgeon to prepare the bone.

Preparing the Bone
A precise hole is slowly and gently drilled into the jawbone. The size of the hole depends on the size of the implant.

Placing the Implant
The implant is twisted or gently tapped into position. Then the incisions is closed with stitches. In some cases, abutments are placed at the same time as the implants.

Additional Implant Information

Dentures can be secured with
Mini Implants

  • 2-4 implants under your denture work best
  • Present denture can often be used
  • Over 20 years of experience placing and restoring implants
  • Can also replace a missing tooth
  • All levels of sedation available
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