Question: What are Mini Dental Implants?
Answer: Mini Dental Implants are small diameter implants which are mainly used for Denture Stabilization especially in the lower arch. MDI has a diameter of less than 3 mm. MDIs are also very useful in orthodontic cases as anchors.
History: Over 20 years ago, a New York dentist by the name of Victor I Sendax designed and started utilizing his surgical technique. Mini dental implants, also known as MDI are 1.8 mm diameter biocompatible titanium alloy implant screws. In early 1998, Dr. Ronald A Bulard, who had previously formed the IMTEC Corporation, entered into a strategic alliance with Dr. Sendax. After studying and refining Dr. Sendax’s original protocol, Dr. Bulard added a single one piece O-Ball design to Dr. Sendax’s concept. With Dr. Bulard’s material enhancement and Dr. Sendax’s patented insertion protocol, the IMTEC Sendax MDI was created.
Cost: Mini dental implants are more affordable than conventional dental implants.
Indication: Mini dental implants should only be used to secure a denture. Using small diameter implants to support fixed bridges is too risky.
There are many reported cases of MDI failure recently. Implant failure can be attributed to poor case selection. It can also be due to wrong implant placement because majority of MDIs are done without flap procedure.
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