Dental implants have been around for many years, but in recent years there have been dramatic advances in dental implant technology that have brought many different types of implants to dentists and their patients. Traditional implants of a certain type, size and placement procedure were once the only option, but many people who desired implants discovered that they did not have enough jaw bone to support, or that the procedure was too costly for them to afford. Now other options make implants available to many more people than ever before, and one of these options is mini implants.
Mini implants differ from other types of dental implants because the teeth attached to them are usually removable. Sometimes mini implants may be placed for the purpose of securing dentures, or they may support semi-permanent teeth that can be removed by a dentist.
Because they are smaller than regular implants, mini implants often work for patients who can’t get full sized implants. As soon as you lose teeth, the bone that supported the teeth begins to atrophy or waste away because it no longer has a job to do. People who have been without teeth or worn dentures for awhile usually don’t have enough jaw bone left by the time they seek dental implants and need another solution for replacing teeth. Mini implants don’t require as much bone, because of their small size and unique way of securing teeth that are still removable.
For dentures, support by mini implants is far more secure than adhesives or relying on simple suction to hold dentures in place. The upfront cost of mini implants is less than the cost of traditional implants, though more than regular dentures. But with mini implants to support your dentures, you will no longer have to buy denture adhesives, which can add up to significant savings over the years. Also compared to using adhesives for dentures, implants create a more secure bond that does a better job of keeping food particles from getting between the dentures and gums, which as denture wearer know, is a very painful experience.
Mini implants require surgery, but it one of the least invasive of all dental implant procedures. Usually patients walk out of the surgery with temporary dentures or bridges so that they can have teeth while their gums are healing. After your mouth has completely healed, your temporary teeth are replaced with more permanent ones.
If you thought you couldn’t get dental implants because of the cost, the fact that you’ve been without natural teeth for too long or for any other reasons, you should ask about mini implants to see if they might a possibility for you. Call Orangevale Dental and ask for a consultation appointment with Dr. Alaswad to discuss mini implants.