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BioMiniature implants

Dr Omid Allan has spent the last seven years developing a new screw-retained mini-implant solution. His self-advancing BioMiniature implants aim to make full-arch restorations easier, less invasive and more affordable, while achieving restorative outcomes on par with standard-sized implants. By Shane Conroy

Dr Omid Allan wants to make implant dentistry less invasive, more accessible and more affordable for a greater number of patients. 

He is the principal dentist at SYMPLANTS in Parramatta, and has spent the last seven years developing the BioMiniature implant system—a new miniature dental implant solution that will change how many dentists think about implant dentistry. 

Mini implants have been around for years. They are designed to be less invasive than standard dental implants. However, Dr Allan says there are some limitations associated with conventional mini implants. 

“They have very limited application,” he explains. “They are not designed for fixed screw-retained restorations and are mainly used for overdentures. Some dentists use them for cement-retained restorations, but there can be a risk of developing peri-implantitis and other complications.” 

Innovative implants

Dr Allan aims to solve that problem with a new take on mini implants. BioMiniatures are screw-retained, self-advancing miniature implants. They can be used for situations when two or more implants are required, including for full-arch restorations. 

“Most full-arch restoration patients have severe bone loss that limits how you can place a standard implant. Most of the time you have to augment the bone and tissue with a grafting process, which comes with limitations and risks for the patient,” he says. “BioMiniatures are self-advancing narrow implants that can be inserted into the bone using a minimally invasive technique that avoids extensive bone drilling, grafting and other surgical procedures.” 

Set to launch this August, the BioMinatures implant system will be available in three mini diameters —2mm, 2.4mm and 2.8mm—and are manufactured in Germany from titanium alloy Grade 5 with an acid-etched surface treatment for higher osseointegration. Unlike standard implants, BioMiniatures feature one-piece construction. 

“This eliminates microleakage between the implant and the abutment, which reduces the risk of bone loss around the implant and helps maintain healthy tissue,” Dr Allan explains. “There is also much less trauma to the patient. By avoiding extensive bone drilling, grafting and invasive surgical procedures, patients recover much faster, with less postoperative pain and swelling, and reduced risk of surgical complications.”

Grand designs 

Dr Allan began designing the BioMiniatures implant system in 2015. After completing a Master’s Degree in Aesthetic Dentistry at King’s College in London, he continued postgraduate studies in Germany. It was while studying for a Master of Oral Implantology at the University of Goethe in Frankfurt that inspiration struck. 

“During my time in Frankfurt, I met many renowned implant dentists and surgeons who have pioneered many great concepts in implantology,” he says. “They inspired me to pursue a vision I had to make implant dentistry less invasive and more affordable.” 

So, with help from a dental lab in Melbourne, Dr Allan hit the drawing board. He had some prototypes made up of his original design, and after some initial testing, made several modifications. 

“It has been a long journey, but very worthwhile. I wanted to come up with a more affordable, less invasive implant solution that would apply to more patients and not be just a luxury treatment. That’s the inspiration behind BioMiniatures.” 

Dr Omid Allan, principal dentist, SYMPLANTS

He says one of the design challenges was figuring out how to minimise the risk of implant fracture during insertion and withstand necessary insertion torque. Another challenge was getting the connecting abutment and insertion cylinder versatile enough for different applications.

“The idea was for the implant to come with a cylinder attached to it that works as a placement key. The problem was that the screw connecting those two pieces needed to be robust enough not to fracture during placement, but easy enough to remove,” he explains. 

“Every single element in the system was thought through and designed to comply with the available knowledge from literature and clinical experience.”

With the design perfected, Dr Allan registered a patent and found a manufacturer in Germany to engage in the manufacturing and certification process. This partnership resulted in achieving Conformité Européenne (CE) certification for the implant system.

Clinical use

With approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia in place, Dr Allan started offering BioMiniatures as a treatment option to patients at his practice. He says the system has been well received by his patients for its simplicity and the minimally-invasive surgery required. 

Dr Allan explains that the BioMiniature implant system has been a revolutionary change to his implant treatment planning. He has been using the implants for many different clinical situations—including combining BioMiniatures with conventional implants—and achieving shorter surgery sessions, significantly less costs to patients, and high success.  

“I haven’t experienced any implant fractures after placing more than 180 miniature implants. Once osseointegration has occurred, the success and survival of the miniature implants is similar to standard implants,” he says. “There are many clinical situations when I can’t offer standard dental implants to my patients without the need for complex bone augmentation procedures. This is no longer a problem with BioMiniatures.”

Prepare to launch

Dr Allan says the less invasive nature and self-advancing design of the BioMiniatures does not require the same level of specialised clinical technique that standard implants demand. 

“The miniature implant will avoid the harder bone and direct itself into the softer bone. That gives you more predictability in terms of placement,” he explains. “I’ll be running a short training course later this year, and ongoing courses to introduce dentists to the new concept.” 

Dr Allan plans to sell the BioMiniature implant system directly to dentists via biominiatures.com.au.

“It has been a long journey, but very worthwhile,” he says. “I wanted to come up with a more affordable, less invasive implant solution that would apply to more patients and not be just a luxury treatment. That’s the inspiration behind BioMiniatures.”   

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