Mini Dental Implants and Attachment Gaskets
Dr. Robinson has developed a device to simplify the process of adding attachments to dentures whether in the Dental Office or in the Dental Laboratory. The attachment gasket is a non sterile, foam spacer which is positioned over the Mini Dental Implant Retention ball prior to snapping the loose attachment housing on. The Denture is then prepared to make space for the attachment housing in the usual manner, occlusion is checked, acrylic is added, and the denture reseated for the set time of acrylic chosen. Upon removal, the Dentist will note that there was no "locking in " of the Denture by acrylic setting around the Tissue Collar or Retention Ball area of the Implant and a nice "Seating Channel" has been formed which guides the denture into place and requires only minor finishing. Many have found the attachment gasket to be a significant time saver and big step forward in this technique!
Mini Dental Implants are very narrow, about the size of a toothpick, and are used primarily to stabilize a lower denture. In most cases, four mini implants are inserted in the front of the jaw using mild anesthesia. The patient's denture is then carefully adjusted by the dentist to allow it to snap onto the mini implants. If successful, the mini implants will firmly secure the lower denture and prevent slippage. Typically patients can eat lightly about an hour after the procedure. Also, with some practice, patients can remove and replace the denture for cleaning.