Mini Dental Implants
Loose dentures can greatly impact your quality of life. If the glue holding them in place fails to adhere, the result is dentures that slip out of place. These can cause difficulty in eating and speaking. They can also lead to tremendous embarrassment, which in turn can leave you feeling self-conscious and vulnerable. If you’re tired of your dentures slipping out of place or are simply fed up with repeatedly applying denture glue, you may be looking for a more permanent solution.
Mini dental implants offered by Brite Smile Dental are a fantastic way to reduce the problems caused by loose dentures. These titanium posts are screwed into the jaw, providing a secure anchor for your dentures. They function in a similar way to a real tooth’s root and provide a solid foundation for the dentures.
Mini dental implants offer multiple benefits to denture-wearers:
- They remove the need for denture glue.
- They give you a stronger, firmer bite.
- Dentures no longer slip out of place.
- There is no more embarrassment caused by slipping dentures.
- Your dentures will be held more firmly in place, reducing the amount of speech impediment caused by the false teeth.
Between four and eight mini implants per arch are necessary to hold the dentures in place. These implants are fixed to the jaw itself, creating a one-time permanent solution to loose dentures.
What If I Have Bone Loss In My Jaw due to Extended Denture Wear?
Long-time denture wearers often experience bone loss as a result of their missing teeth. When teeth are absent from the jaw, the bone where the tooth once was is reabsorbed into the body. This means that, over time, the bones that once anchored your teeth begins to recede. You may have already experienced this as a side effect of long-term denture wear.
Fortunately, there are solutions that make implants accessible even to people with bone recession. If you do not have enough bone in your jaw to accommodate typical dental implants, smaller implants (mini or micro dental implants) can be used. Because mini and micro implants have a much smaller radius, or “post,” they take up less space and require less bone area.
How Big Are Mini Dental Implants?
Dental implants come in three sizes depending on your own unique needs. The largest of these are 6.0 mm in diameter and are similar in size to a normal tooth root. These are the preferred option if you have ample bone in your jaw to accommodate them. If you have not worn dentures for a long time, have not had any systemic bone disease, and have sufficient bone regular implants are probably the right solution for you.
The mini implants are between 2.2 and 3 mm in diameter. They’re used in cases where there is not enough bone in the jaw to properly anchor the dentures. The smallest implants, commonly referred to as micro implants, are 2.2 mm and are also a good choice for patients who have worn dentures for many years and experienced bone loss in the jaw.
Mini Dental Implant Cost
The cost for mini implants is generally less than standard dental implants: $1000 per mini dental implant. However, cost can vary significantly depending on each individual situation.
At Brite Smile Dental we specialize in implant dentistry and offer free consultations. Call us today to schedule your appointment.