Many denture patients are actually unhappy with their dentures, even though they represent an improvement over being completely toothless. The reason many people provide for this unhappiness is that dentures simply cannot completely take the place of their natural teeth. Fortunately, mini dental implants were designed to do just that.
Dental Implant Options
There has been a recent surge in popularity of dental implants that are implanted specifically to stabilize existing dentures. The placement of two mandibular implants can significantly improve the quality of life for denture patients and preserve jaw bone that might disappear due to tooth loss.
The problem is that conventional dental implants are not a realistic option for many denture patients. For one, they must have enough bone present to properly anchor their new implants. Bone grafts are a possibility, but this may add an undue burden in terms of expense, especially since many candidates are living on fixed incomes. Healing time is another factor because older people heal more slowly and are more prone to complications.
Alternatives to Conventional Implants
Fortunately, conventional implants are not the only choice available to these denture patients. Mini dental implants are available, ranging in size from 1.8 mm to 2 mm, as opposed to a conventional diameter of 3.75 mm.
The mini implant procedure is somewhat different from the placement procedure for conventional implants because they can be placed in one day by a qualified professional. A typical procedure involves the placement of four implants in the lower jaw. This procedure is minimally-invasive, as opposed to conventional implants that involve more trauma and healing time.
After the placement of the mini dental implants, the dentures are fixed with metal housings, which allow them to grasp the heads of the mini implants. Sometimes a new denture is required for this part of the process, but the patient’s existing denture can also be adapted. Once the housings are fixed to the dentures, the patient may return home.
Patients with loose dentures often suffer needlessly due to discomfort and diminished self-esteem. This can cause them to become self-conscious when eating and socializing. Mini dental implants offer denture patients the opportunity to significantly enhance their quality of life and enjoy activities like eating, drinking and socializing more than ever before.
Visit Andover Smiles in North Andover to see if mini dental implants are right for you. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!