Adequate bone support is one of the premier concerns of all clinicians performing dental implants. After all, if there’s not enough bone, it may disrupt proper osseointegration between it and the dental implant. A narrow dental ridge presents a serious challenge for clinicians seeking to provide patients with successful placement of implants. When a patient has a narrow ridge, many clinicians turn to surgical options to augment the size of the bone’s crest.
A better, more straight-forward option is now on the table. A narrow-body implant — such as the MS Hiossen® Implant system — is specifically designed for narrow ridge applications and allows patients to have a simpler option that involves less potential pain and discomfort than additional surgeries.
Let’s look at some of the difficulties clinicians face with a narrow ridge application and how the MS Implant system is the best tool for the job.
What Is a Narrow Ridge Implant?
The dental ridge is one of two jaw ridges — on the roof and bottom of the mouth — that contain the sockets of the teeth. When dental implants are placed, clinicians are encouraged to leave 1 to 1.5 millimeters (mm) of bone remaining on both aspects of the implant. Many experts believe that this strategy will ensure a more successful outcome.
A dental ridge would have to be approximately 6 mm wide to ensure that gap. When the dental ridge is smaller than 6 mm, it’s considered narrow. This limitation presents unique challenges for the clinician, and solutions such as a narrow dental ridge implant must be considered.
Drawbacks of Traditional Narrow Ridge Management Techniques
A narrow ridge presents limitations on the clinician because there is inadequate ridge for standard implant systems. The standard solution for narrow ridge applications is to do some surgical procedures to increase the size of the ridge. They include:
- Guided bone regeneration (GBR): This treatment encourages new bone and gingival tissue growth at the site.
- Bone block grafting: A bone graft from the lower jaw is set in the narrow ridge area.
- Ridge splitting for bone expansion: The dental ridge is split, and bone graft material is inserted.
- Distraction osteogenesis: The bone is cut and slowly stretched, and osteogenesis fills in the gap.
However, each of these options is accompanied by potential drawbacks, including:
- Increased financial commitment: Dental surgical procedures are costly and increase the overall cost for the patient.
- Greater time commitment: Patients need to wait to heal from the surgery, delaying when they’ll receive their implant.
- Possible pain and discomfort: Surgeries cause greater pain for patients than a narrow ridge implant.
- The possibility of an unsuccessful outcome: The bone graft, regeneration or other surgery may fail, eliminating the chance for a dental implant.
That’s why the best choice available to clinicians seeking to perform a successful narrow ridge application may be the use of smaller dental implants designed to work in narrow spaces, like Hiossen’s MS Implant system.
Why the MS Hiossen Implant System Is the Best Option for Narrow Ridge Application
A narrow ridge is not the optimal environment for a dental implant, and it presents many challenges to the clinician performing the procedure. However, it doesn’t mean that the implantation process is impossible. The MS Implant system from Hiossen Implant is specifically designed to navigate narrow spaces, such as the mandibular anterior jaw.
When you utilize the MS Implant system, you can expect many benefits from both a basic implant perspective and specifically as it relates to working in narrow spaces:
- The single-body mini dental implant system is designed to work safely and efficiently for patients with narrow ridges.
- The body and threads are created for maximum stability while allowing for simple insertion.
- It can correct implant direction during the insertion process, promoting overall success.
- Increased surface roughness on the implant supports early cell response and bone healing.
Find Out More About the MS Implant System by Contacting Hiossen Implant
No patient should be excluded from the many benefits dental implants can provide just because of narrow ridges. Hiossen Implant is a leader in dental implants, and we offer special implant systems specifically for narrow ridge applications. Our implants are safe and effective, so patients can enjoy them for years.