Main challenges mini implants solve

Dental implants have revolutionized the treatment and rehabilitation of dental cripple. Replacing the tooth root, dental implants provide support for prosthetic teeth, bridges or dentures.

Mini implants represent an invaluable addition to the dental implant armamentarium, enabling dental surgeons to use them in situations where traditional implants cannot be used, thereby extending their benefit to a much wider population.

Here are the main dental challenges mini-implants help solve:

Low Bone Mass

Aging patients may suffer from extensive jaw atrophy (bone loss) to an extent that prevents the use of traditional implants.

In the past, this problem could be solved only by bone grafting of the area and waiting for the graft to regenerate; a procedure that could take upwards of six months and is very expensive. Some patients may not be eligible for grafting and in others, the procedure may not succeed, leaving them without the option of an implant.

Today, a dental surgeon can often use a mini implant in cases of low bone mass, bypassing the lengthy and costly grafting procedure.

Bone Loss

Mini-implants may also be used in cases where the surrounding bone isn’t thick enough to support regular implants, due to bone loss.

Bone loss often occurs as a result of the loss of teeth and chronic periodontitis. Tooth loss causes quick resorption of the jawbone. In cases like these, the dentist may opt to use a mini implant that not only renews the ability to chew and bite, but also preserve the existing bone and help improve oral health

Since denture supporting implants are often placed at the front of the jaw – an area with a naturally thin ridge that becomes even thinner with age – mini-implants have become the go-to for immediate and even on-going denture support.

Narrow Teeth

With their narrow diameter, mini implants could be used to replace narrow teeth or for placing in narrow areas. Noris Medical provides mini implants as part of its MONO series to replace narrow teeth, including maxillary lateral incisors, mandibular central incisors, and lateral incisors – those small narrow teeth at the front of the jaw that are of vital importance both esthetically and functionally.

Dental Challenges Mini Implants SolveThe MBI implants by Noris Medical are implants designed for placing in a narrow ridge to support a variety of prostheses. The aggressive thread design allows self-tapping and anchorage in the residual bony ridge with a conservative initial osteotomy. The mini-implant comes in two varieties. The MBI and the MBI-NC. Both implants share the following features:

  • Ball top attachment to allow immediate stabilization of a removable denture
  • The square base under the ball attachment. This feature enhances and extends the options of the implant


– The square base allows the on-going support of a fixed restoration. The material the restoration is made from is not important. The square base provides the anti-rotational feature to help secure the abutment crown in place. For the clinician who prefers indirect fabrication an option to transfer the implant position is available.

– The square base applications include but are not limited to:

  1. Support of an immediate chairside fabricated fixed restoration after multiple extraction. Due the implants’ narrow profile, they can be secured between the sockets to maximize initial bone to implant contact.
  2. Immediate support to a failing root of a tooth-born fixed partial denture – i.e multiple teeth are part of a bridge. One of the teeth has root caries and need to be removed.
    The patient does not want to lose the entire bridge at this time. The root can be removed. Access can be gained through the crown (now a pontic…or an actual pontic but more complex) to the ridge and a mini implant can be placed through the access and secured to the existing crown to provide on-going stabilization till a more permanent solution can be found.
  3. Support of removable or fixed prosthesis immediately following minor or major guided bone regeneration procedures to prevent direct provisional contact on the graft site.
  4. Support of removable or fixed prothesis immediately following placement of dental implant in a staged approached.

The MBI and the MBI-NC differ in the fact the MBI has a 2mm polished collar. This feature is important is sustaining and maintaining soft tissue health, especially in cases of immediate extraction and implantation to support removable or fixed prosthesis, as well as in placement in area of thick soft tissue profile. In addition, on delayed loading of these implant, the presence of the collar will help in displacing the cement line away from the bony crest, helping to maintain and prevent bone loss in the time immediately following surgery, and as the healing is on-going.

Learn more about our MBI Implants and Mono Implants

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