Mini Implants

Dr. French Moore III, Implant Dentist in Abingdon, VA offers an alternative to traditional removeable dentures: mini-implants.

The MDI System consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.

Late in 1997, Dr. Sendax collaborated with a colleague, Dr. Ronald A. Bulard, about his mini-implant theory and design concepts. Dr. Bulard had previously formed a dental implant company, IMTEC Corporation, which was at that time manufacturing and marketing standard-sized dental implants, abutments, and other dental products. Convinced they were on to something special, the two implantologists spent countless hours studying and refining Dr. Sendax's original creative design. This resulted in a more efficient top and collar to the mini-dental implants. Combining this now re-designed mini-implant with Dr. Sendax's original insertion protocol resulted in a successful breakthrough.  Under Dr. Bulard's direction, IMTEC Corporation began the rather complex and expensive design and manufacturing procedures that ultimately resulted in what is now offered to the dental community under the brand name IMTEC Sendax MDI (mini dental implant). The innovative system and procedure was thereafter formally introduced to the United States dental community at an implant conference in Orlando, Florida in April, 1999. It was an instant success and now represents one of the fastest growing segments of the dental product industry. 

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DENTAL IMPLANTS
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws.

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Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients – with a gentle touch and stunning results. Your smile is our first priority, and we’ll give you something to smile about.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. French Moore III, DDS

Dr. Moore was born and raised in Abingdon, Virginia. He earned his B.S. in Biology from James Madison University and his D.D.S. from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in Richmond in 1982. Upon graduation, he married Laura, the love of his life, and moved to Germany to serve three years...

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Dr. Stuart Lee Laningham, DDS

Dr. Laningham grew up in Lee County, Virginia on the farm that has been home to six generations of his family. Upon graduation from high school, he attended the College of William & Mary, then transferred to the University of Virginia, where he received his Bachelor’s in Biology and graduated with honors...

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