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MOR® Mini Implants: EZ PickUp®, Blockout Shims, and Latch Driver-Captive

To better understand why MOR® mini implants for implant secured overdentures can be an ideal solution for your patients, it is important to first explore the target demographic.

The population in the United States is aging rapidly: 10,000 baby boomers—those born after WWII, between 1946 and 1964—are retiring every day. More than 36 million Americans are fully edentulous, and the vast majority of those are unhappy denture wearers. Because wages are stagnant while the cost of living continues to increase, people have less expendable income and are looking for more affordable treatment options to satisfy their overdenture needs.

Many of these patients have been provided a treatment plan option for an implant secured overdenture using conventional dental implants, but will not accept the treatment. For reasons usually tied to cost, fear, and time, these patients have said “no” to this treatment plan and continue to suffer daily with their unsecured denture. It impacts their diet, self-esteem and overall quality of life.

The MOR® mini dental implant system puts the tools in your bag to effectively treat these patients by providing more affordable options they can say “yes” to. MOR® mini implants from Sterngold Dental provide a minimally invasive and cost-effective solution. You, as a clinician, can feel confident by providing an implant-retained and tissue-supported removable overdenture, which will stop the further deterioration of bone and substantially improve your patient's quality of life.

MOR Mini Implant System

Attachment Pickups Made EZ

Creating an overdenture may be one of the best things you can do for your denture patient and choosing the correct attachment is paramount. No one provides more options for overdenture attachments than Sterngold. Sterngold has also made it easy to do chairside pickups of overdenture housings with Sterngold EZ PickUp®, continually voted the best and most trusted pickup material available on the market today. Here's why:

  • It's an auto-cure Bis-acryl composite.
  • It’s strong, able to pick up any attachment housing in a PMMA base.
  • Its convenient auto-mix cartridge causes no messes, and no dispensing gun is needed.
  • It won't irritate soft tissue.
  • It's odorless and tasteless.
  • It has a low exothermic reaction temperature.
  • It's highly accurate: less than 1% polymerization shrinkage.

If you like hybrids, it's the best tool ever for doing chairside hybrid conversions. It has a 2 minute and 15 second overall working time with a 7 minute final cure time. It's easy cleanup, no wasted materials, but most of all, easy work steps.

How Does EZ PickUp® Work With Sterngold MOR® Mini Implant Housings?

  • STEP 1: Once you have prepared the housing pockets and ensured passive fit with at least one millimeter clearance around the housings, condition the area with light cured SternVantage varnish. Apply a thin coat over the entire area to receive acrylic.
  • STEP 2: Light cure for 40 seconds. (Depending on the light, it could require up to 90 seconds.)
  • STEP 3: Place the block-out spacers and housings on top of the implants.
  • STEP 4: When you're ready, dispense a small amount of EZ PickUp® on top of each housing.
  • STEP 5: Now dispense the EZ PickUp® material inside the prepared pockets of the denture, but not too much to avoid wasting material.
  • STEP 6: Now seat the denture gently over the housings and confirm occlusion. It's important not to allow the patient to bite firmly as this may displace some of the tissue and attachment housings.
  • STEP 7: Allow the EZ PickUp® material to polymerize. You'll have an initial working time of 45 seconds and it can be removed from the mouth in 2 and a half to 3 minutes, depending on the temperature of the material. (The cooler it is, the longer the set time.) Final polymerization time is 7 minutes.
  • STEP 8: Using an instrument or handpiece, remove any excess material and finish the area. Fill in any defects as needed. You may choose to apply a thin layer of varnish to the finished area for a glossy finish.

MOR® Mini Implant Blockout Shims

Clinically speaking, creating an overdenture over the MOR® mini implants can be one of the quickest, most simple procedures to offer. To make the chair’s height pickup of the MOR® mini implant housings even easier, neater and nearly fail-proof, use the MOR® blockout shim.

Instead of white spacer rings (which are still available and are an excellent option when doing a chairside pickup) the MOR® blockout shims improve the process by creating a more precise adaptation of the EZ PickUp® material to the denture and implant housing and ensures no run over of EZ PickUp® material into the housing, which also means less cleanup, better tissue adaptation, and easy access for the O-ring replacement.

How to Use MOR® Blockout Shims

  • STEP 1: Made from FDA approved silicone tubing, simply place the MOR® blockout shim over the implant ball all the way down to the tissue level.
  • STEP 2: Using a scissor or scalpel, trim to the appropriate length as to expose the entire implant ball, at approximately one-half millimeter below the ball. This will allow the O-ring to engage the implant.
  • STEP 3: Continue the pick up process using EZ PickUp®.
  • STEP 4: Following polymerization, remove the overdenture while the MOR® blockout shim remains on the implant.
  • STEP 5: Trim and finish the area and deliver the overdenture.

MOR® Mini Implant Latch Driver Captive

Making surgery easier and more efficient is always a good thing. As the leader in many dental implants, we at Sterngold are very sensitive to the needs of our customers and are always looking for ways to enhance the features of the MOR® mini implant system. The MOR® latch driver captive simplifies the MOR® mini implant workflow: used in coordination with the MOR® insertion tool, the wing driver and the MOR® implant driver latch, the new MOR® latch driver captive allows you to carry the implant from the packaging directly to the implant site and begin the insertion procedure.

The MOR® latch driver captive is similar in design to the MOR® implant driver latch with one exception: it has a retentive element which engages with the ball head of the implant and allows transport from the packaging to the implant site in the same way the MOR® insertion tool functions.

How to Use the MOR® Latch Driver Captive

After you've prepared for the procedure, insert and lock the MOR® latch driver captive into your surgical motor. Capture the implant inside the latch driver captive, and then remove it from the titanium delivery tube. Now carry the implant to the implant site, position it and begin the implant insertion process.

Grow Your Business with MOR® Mini Implants

MOR® mini dental implants
Grow your business with MOR® mini dental implants!

Mini dental implants have been used by dentists for over two decades and peer-reviewed scientific research studies supports their continued use. Mini dental implants deliver long-term results: many cases cite 20 plus years of success and are still going strong.

There is significant business growth opportunities with MOR® mini implants for a patient demographic who traditionally won't or cannot accept implant secured overdenture treatment using conventional implants. Clinicians can charge an average of $2,900 per four unit case, not including the profitability of a new denture. Practices can easily convert a minimum of four lower denture cases per month resulting in $11,600 per month or $139,000 per year in incremental revenue, plus the denture revenue. Due to this life-changing treatment, many of these patients are your best referrals, which can also contribute to the growth of your conventional implant practice.

The MOR® starter package includes an assortment of MOR® implants and restorative components, surgical cassette, EZ PickUp®, patient education tri-folds, and a complimentary mirror so your patients can see their new smile. Begin to increase case acceptance, grow your practice and improve your patients' lives today with MOR® mini implants.