Mini-Implants for Denture Support - Implant Dentistry
After years of experience in fabricate custom dentures, we have noticed that there are only a few very fortunate patients who are completely comfortable when they wear their dentures. Many other denture wearers, especially those with lower dentures are constantly dealing with slippage, wobbling, discomfort and in some cases, even pain.
This is because without teeth, the underlying bone deteriorates and over time the denture no longer fits. The lips and facial muscles end up working so hard to keep the denture in place, a natural smile doesn't come naturally at all. In many cases, our patients do not require a new set of dentures to be fabricated, although a new set of dentures will always ensure the best possible results. New or modified dentures are recommended only when dictated by changes in the patient's oral health.
At Ocean Breeze Dental utilizing the newest technology in Dental implants, we can provide you with the denture stabilization you desire in as little as one appointment. The results are often times so amazing that this is by far one of the most satisfying and rewarding procedures we perform. Following the stabilization of their dentures, our patients experience a marked improvement in their ability to eat, speak, laugh and smile.
Originally many dentists used mini implants as "temporary" implants while conventional implants integrated with bone. Over the years we noticed that they were doing well on their own. The FDA approved their widespread use for the purpose of denture retention. The narrow width, which is about the size of a toothpick, means that there is a much less invasive and shorter surgical procedure. It also provides immediate and on-going stabilization for those who can't tolerate full size conventional implants. The patient is anesthetized and a special drill is used to create a place for each implant. In the average denture stabilization case, we prefer a minimum of six mini implants, or two conventional implants.
Each of the tiny implants is held by a small finger driver that inserts the implant and also acts as a screw driver. Next, a special wrench is used to torque the implant into place. The patient's existing denture is marked to show the placement of the implants and your dentist will then insert a metal housing that will allow the denture to snap on and off each implant. The retrofitted denture is snapped into place and the patient is ready to have dinner the same evening!
Our patients typically report very little discomfort from the surgical procedure and are very satisfied with the stability of their denture. We often hear statements such as, “I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner”
Talk to one of our dentists at your next appointment to see if you are a candidate. We will have to take x-rays and perform an exam of your bone structure before discussing the treatment options that will serve you best.