Importance of diagnosis by computer tomography for mini dental implants planning: A clinical report

Masahiro Nishimura, DDS, PhD, Shinsuke Sadamori, DDS, PhD, Fumio Suehiro, DDS, Kensuke Sekiya, DDS, PhD, Haruki Nishimura, DDS, PhD, and Taizo Hamada, DDS, PhD

Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan

Mini implant is an immediate loading implant system to stabilize lower complete denture, and its surgical protocol recommends clinicians to insert four implants between the mental foramen of edentulous mandible by self-tapping. The surgical procedure seems not so difficult. However, the clinician should take care of its diagnosis. In this article, we have indicated the importance of the diagnosis by computer tomography to check the bone quality before insert mini implant. (Int Chin J Dent 2007; 7: 31-34.)

Key Words: computed tomographic scan, implant overdenture, mini implant.