What you should at least know before deciding on dental implant procedures

Dental implants: What you should know

Imtec® minidental implants were developed by a conventional implant expert more than 20 years ago in America in response to the drawbacks and failures of larger conventional implants. More dentists and specialist utilising minidental implants as a viable and better option.

Minis placed more than 20 years ago are still functioning well in patients’ mouth.

Imtec® minis have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a long-term use in the mouth for stabilising loose dentures and for fixed crowns and bridges. FDA is very stringent in its criteria and other regulatory authorities worldwide usually accepts FDA’s endorsement as a reliable benchmark.

A  survey by a leading independent USA research group on dental products and services reports – “Minis are moving fast into mainstream practice. Whether they will replace conventional implants is yet to be determined but there is a great possibility based on the findings of the survey”.

Some relevant consideration

Whether your implants are minis or conventional, you need to take special care in oral hygiene. Aesthetic is easily accomplished with minis because they are narrow and will allow dental laboratory to easily fabricate natural looking crowns and bridges.

You may recover your youthful smile, vitality sooner and eat well with minis.

Frequently asked questions from patients:

Q: Are minidental implants only for temporary use in the human jaw?

A: This is a misconception even amongst some dentists and dental specialists who are not aware about the latest happenings in the field of dental implants. They think that minis are only for temporary use.

Both minis are conventional are not generic products. Whether the implants are conventional or minis depend on the product brand. This is the reason why FDA gives approval to specific brands. It is important that you are aware of this misconception.

Imtec® minis from America are the most popular brand for long term use.

Q: My mother has no teeth and very loose dentures. She suffers from diabetes and is 90 years old. Is she a suitable candidate for implants?

A: probably not for conventional implants – insertion of conventional are usually traumatising and not kind to patients, especially the elderly. With the use of minis, your dentist or specialist will not need to inflict any severe trauma by “digging” bone as minis utilise a less invasive procedure. These minis will be able to secure loose dentures or even allow your dentist to place full mouth fixed teeth with little discomfort.

With minis, your mother can look good and chew her food easily.

Q: will there be any problem of hygiene and cleaning of the crowns and bridges?

A: Whether conventional or minis, you will be taught by your dentist or specialist how to maintain oral hygiene. Oral irrigation helps in the cleaning processfor both minis and conventional.

Q: Are there any advantages in placing conventional implants instead of minis?

A: We’ve given up on recommending or placing conventional implants in almost all instances. In fact there are more advantages in placing minis- it is less painful (almost painless) and not traumatic like the conventional implants. Minis are also easily accomplished and well accepted by patients.

A survey in US has predicted that minis will eventually replace conventional implants as the method of choice.

If your dentist or specialist says that “minis” don’t work – you should consult a dentist or specialist who will give you the correct information about minis and conventional implants.

Minis can be placed in any position where you can place conventional implants. Minis can also be placed in areas of the jaws where conventional implants cannot be introduced without building bone first.

Q: Which is a better choice when it comes to affordability, minis or conventional implants?

A: Minis are more affordable compared to conventional implants. See us for a free consultation and decide for yourself.

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