One-Piece Dental Implants
One-piece dental implants are inserted according to the MIMI® procedure, the minimally invasive method of implantation. This implant, including the implant thread and the implant head, consists of just one piece. Unlike two-piece implants, it does not have any micro-cleft at all so that there is no risk of bacteria penetration. However, the following problems with one-piece implants are discussed in literature:
1) Insertion divergences
2) Temporary phase for small implant units
Point 1) Insertion divergences With cementable "Prep- Caps" (at present, available in zircon, ceramics, titanium, grade 4, and WIN!), insertion and implant axis divergences of one-piece Champions® implants can be compensated. The Prep Caps serve as "crowns" or "abutments", which can be prepared after cementation. The exact preparation of the implant heads in the mouth of the patient is completely painless because it is done "above the gingiva". The preparation is carried out in accordance with an approved dental laboratory. Dental technicians and dentists discuss and determine the color of the tooth and the manufacture of the crowns.
Point 2): The osseointegration phase is critical two to eight weeks after the implantation because implants are sensitive to side shear forces. If there are micro-movements or macro- movements (for instance, because of a broken temporary) or due to lack of participation of the patient, patients can have problems with the implants. That is why the right design and fitting of the temporary on the implants is very important during the MIMI® treatment. During this phase (2nd - 8th week after implantation), patients should "just eat food that they can chew with their tongue!" A patient who is well informed should participate actively so that the MIMI treatment can be successful. In this way, some 95% of all cases can be treated successfully with one-piece Champions® implants in the MIMI® procedure.
Similarly to the "keyhole surgery" or endoscopy insurgery, MIMI® is based on the concept that patients do not have to undergo complicated and painful surgery. Instead, the MIMI® implantation is nearly bloodless and almost painless for the patient. The final prosthodontic restoration- which is not just affordable for high-income earners and famous people anymore, but for all patients –can be fitted within two to ten weeks. The implantation itself, which is carried out under local anesthesia, just takes a few minutes. A regular dental extraction is usually a more extensive intervention than an
implantation and can lead to more complications. Usually, patients treated according to MIMI can resume their daily activities the next day.