What are mini dental implants good for? I would say lots of things; like immediate use, less cost than a regular dental implant,less trauma, less pain, less healing and more immediate satsifaction for both me as the dentist and the patient.
Before a one piece mini dental implant, like the OCO i-mini and OCO i-micro existed, I would have been tempted to do some heroic dentistry. In this case a post, crown lengthening and a porcelain crown. In a few years this patient would be back in my dental chair with my crown in her hand and we both would be frustrated.
Clinical view of the broken lower front tooth. In this case even if I wanted to do a bridge it would have been a bad idea. The adjacent tooth (the one on the left side of the broken tooth) was part of her bridge that extends back to the molar.
So off to the OCO Biomedical tool-chest of goodies that Chris Sanchez sent me. I found a 3.0 x 16mm mini dental implant. Ahh.....this would work well here.
With the tooth root out and the bone on both sides still intact I decided to continue with the OCO mini dental implant placement.
To be certain I was keeping in line with the adjacent teeth and roots I took a dental x-ray with the pilot bit in place. Looks like we were in good shape to place the OCO mini dental implant.
OCO Biomedical i-mini 3.0 x 16mm one piece dental implant in place with the machined collar right below gum level.
OCO mini dental implant in line with the adjacent teeth. In keeping the dental implant in the correct angle it would be easy to make a temporary tooth while the gum tissue healed.
Temporary crown in place over the OCO Biomedical mini dental implant....about 20 minutes after placing the mini implant.
Final x-ray of the OCO mini dental implant. I will have the patient come back in 4 weeks to check gum healing around the mini implant. If all looks good an impression will be made and First Impressions Dental Lab will make a porcelain crown to fit over the mini dental implant.
I will post pictures of the crown once it is in place.
Paresh B Patel DDS General & Implant Dentist Mooresville NC