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What Are Mini Implants? Jeopardy Question, Jeopardy Answers

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Jul 11, 2016 2:15:03 PM

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Most seekers of dental implant information ask this question. Just exactly what are mini-implants and how are they different from the standard?  Mini-implants have filtered into the lingo of dental solutions, but as their name indicates, they are less invasive, less costly but also less likely to support a long term smile solution.

Principles of engineering naturally dictate that anything requiring support has the best possible anchor.  Since the purpose of the dental implant is to take the place of the root of a natural tooth, the stronger the implant, the more stable and enduring the restoration built upon it will be.

Mini-implants are usually less than 2.5 mm in diameter.  Biomedical engineers suggest that a dental implant be at least 3.75mm in diameter in order to support the forces of biting and chewing.  Pi Dental Center has a long history of success using Nobel Biocare Brånemark Implants starting at 7mm in length and having diameters of 3.75 to 4.0 mm.  Our board certified prosthodontists do not recommend mini-implants for any application.

The mission of the Pi Dental Center has always been to provide the very best possible treatment plan for every patient.  We understand that maintaining a healthy and sparkling smile can sometimes be a costly investment and we feel we respect our patients’ resources best when we offer what most predictably will have significant longevity.

Many Pi dental implant patients sport a prosthetic smile that is beyond twenty years old.  With good oral hygiene at home and regular check-ups, most patients can reap the benefits of their investment for a lifetime with minimal additional financial outlay.  While mini-implants may have the appeal of a less expensive quick fix, they are unlikely to remain a satisfactory support system over the long term.

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

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The main goal of implant placement is to provide strong solid support for non-removable teeth. One of the most important factors in determining a patient's candidacy for implant placement is bone quantity. The more bone a patient has in the area of implant placement, the better the chance of success. An implant replicates the function of the root of a tooth. When a root resorbs, or shrinks, it cannot support the tooth, and the tooth becomes loose and requires extraction. To achieve the best support for an implant-supported prosthesis, the largest implant that will fit into the area is used. A carpenter would not use toothpicks to support a table. Obviously that the table would eventually collapse! Using mini implants to support a dental prosthesis is similar to using toothpicks to support a table. The normal activities of the mouth such as chewing require an enormous amount of force.

 

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The Father of Modern Dental Implants

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Dec 23, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Pi Brånemark at Pi Dental Center

On December 20, 2014, Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the father of modern dental implants, died in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, leaving family, friends and colleagues all over the world in mourning.  All of us at Pi are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Brånemark.

Dr. Thomas Balshi and Pi Dental Center have had a long association with Professor Brånemark.  Dr. Balshi received his surgical and prosthetic implant training from him and they later collaborated on many dental implant research projects. Brånemark and Balshi have remained long-time friends.

Without the work of Per-Ingvar Brånemark, osseointegrated dental implants might not exist. His discovery of the phenomenon of osseointegration in 1952 and subsequent research has revolutionized the fields of dental, maxillofacial and orthopedic rehabilitation. 

Osseointegration refers to a direct structural and functional connection between ordered, living bone and the surface of a load-carrying implant. Dr. Brånemark demonstrated that, under carefully controlled conditions, titanium could be structurally integrated into living bone with a very high degree of long-term predictability.

In the early 1990’s, Professor Brånemark came to Pi Dental Center. During his stay, he visited the clinical facility and also attended our annual “Festival of Formerly Forbidden Foods.” There he was introduced to over 200 of our Brånemark dental implant patients, and saw first-hand the amazing effect that his groundbreaking work had on patients in the U.S.

Dr. Balshi said it succinctly, “Losing Professor Brånemark is like losing a father. He has been an inspiration and a mentor to hundreds of dental colleagues and bio-medical researchers all over the world.”

Friends and close associates of Dr. Brånemark, call him “PI.” To honor this great man, our practice incorporated his initials into our company name. This is one of the reasons we are called Pi Dental Center!

In 2015, the world of dentistry will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of applied osseointegration. Pi Dental Center and dental professionals worldwide will celebrate the innovations of Dr. Brånemark and the remarkable benefits of dental implants.

 

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