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So we left with the patient done with the miniMARK implants in his lower jaw.
A set of Locator impression caps were placed over the miniMARK mini dental implants. These look like champange glasses and will communicate to the lab the exact location of the one piece Locator miniMark implants.
A good impression is taken to ensure that all pertinent landmarks are captured in the impression. Land areas, retromolar pad, frenal attachments and of course the Locator impression caps.
Master cast with the Locator retention caps placed on the lab analogs. These 'snaps' will be processed into the denture.
Final processed denture with the metal frame incorporated. If the denture is too retentive then different nylon rings can be placed to decrease the retention. Or if it is not tight enough stiffer rings can be placed to increase the retention on the miniMARK implants.
My patient has had the lower denture now for 4 weeks and loves how stable and retentive it is. This case utilized some of the best technologies avaliable today for implant overdentures. The Locator attachment, a metal frame incorporated into the denture, high quality composite denture teeth and lab processed attachments.
To use these kinds of materials and mini dental implants unfortunately has one setback: COST for the patient. This case is about 2 timesthe cost of a o-ball mini dental implant solution. Certainly something for the dentist and patient to discuss and come to the best solution that will fit every ones desires and needs. There are several good implant and mini implant systems out there….check them out and help your patients by getting the best system for you.
Paresh B Patel