1 – Immediate Provisionalization of a Maxillary Lateral Incisor With a Dental Mini-Implant: Surgical and Prosthetic Rationale
Kotaro Oyama, DDS, MS* • Joseph Y.K. Kan, DDS, MS† • Kitichai Rungcharassaeng DDS, MS±
*Assistant Professor, Advanced Education in Implant Dentistry, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda, CA.
†Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda, CA.
±Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedicsc, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda.
Kotaro Oyama, DDS, MS, Oyama Dental Office, 2-22-2 Haramachi, Meguroku, Tokyo, Japan.
Pract Proced Aesthet Dent 2009;21(4):249-255
Dental mini implants were first introduced as transitional implants to support interim prostheses during the healing of a definitive implant or implants. When the inter-radicular space and/or buccolingual bone width are limited, however, mini-implants have been used successfully as definitive implants. This article describes in detail the use of a mini-implant in the treatment of a congenital missing maxillary lateral incisor. Also discussed are recommendations for mini-implant placement relative to anatomic landmarks as well as the surgical and prosthetic rationale.
Learning Objectives: This article highlights the surgical and prosthetic considerations used in mini-implant placement for a patient with a congenitally missing lateral incisor. Upon completing this exercise the reader should:
- Understand the clinical indications for successful use of mini-implants.
- Improve his or her clinical decision making relative to the selection of mini-implants versus conventional implants.