What are they?
As their name implies, Mini implants are a smaller, thinner version of standard implants. They are a more cost-effective way of providing denture stabilisation. However, as you might imagine, they are not as strong or long-lasting as a standard implant. To stabilise dentures, we must use six mini implants in the upper jaw and four in the lower.
What are the advantages of the mini implant system?
There are many advantages to stabilising dentures using this system – you will avoid the messy denture adhesive that ruins the taste of food, eating and speaking will be more comfortable, and you will no longer have to worry that your dentures will fall out when talking or have so many visits to the dentist to adjust your dentures. A bonus of the system we use is that usually, the mini implants can be placed and the denture attached on the same day.
What does the procedure involve?
The LOCATOR Overdenture Implants (LODI) we use at O3 Dental are placed in a minimally invasive procedure using advanced instrumentation. The implants are made from strong titanium alloy and are designed to provide excellent stability. The ingeniously designed attachment of the LODI system provides optimum patient comfort when the denture is removed and increases denture strength overall.
On average, mini implants need to be replaced after about seven years. Research and development continue in the field to continually improve offerings, but currently, LODI implants provide cost-effective and minimally invasive solutions to tooth loss.