The standard of care for retaining a denture
Why Mini Implants?
- Desire to improve retention of a denture
- The "sunken face" look associated with missing teeth
- Desire to improve chewing ability
- Desire for a smile improvement
What are Mini Implants?
Mini dental implants are ultra-small diameter biocompatible titanium alloy implants. Because of their smaller size, at least four mini implants are placed toward the front of the jaw. After the bone has healed around the mini implants, an existing or a new denture is attached to the implants. The mini implant retained denture looks like a traditional denture. However, the denture has various attachments connecting it to the mini implants. This arrangement keeps the denture securely in place.
The benefits of Mini Implants
Unlike the conventional implants used in the implant retained denture, there is no two month waiting period before mini implants can support the denture. Mini implants can generally be placed in the jaw without making an incision in the gums. The existing denture can then be retrofitted directly over the newly placed implants and the securely fitting denture can be used immediately. Furthermore, because the implants are so small, patients who have been told that there is not enough bone to accommodate conventional implants can generally be fitted with mini implants. Finally, due to the ease of insertion, mini implants are less costly than conventional implants for retaining dentures. Mini implants still provide great denture retention, maintain the shape of the muscles and bone and eliminate any gagging.
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Are there other treatment options?
The use of conventional implants to secure an implant retained denture is still considered state-of-the-art treatment.