Tackle Denture Problems With Mini-Implants
What Are Mini-Implants?
For years, denture wearers have had to put up with dentures that don’t stay in place.
Mini-Implants are an option for securing dentures with ultra-small diameter titanium alloy implant screws. They come in six different lengths; 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 and 18 millimeters.
Mini-implants are so narrow they are typically inserted directly through the overlying gum tissue and into the bone underneath. Then a small receptacle is inset into your denture and, once completed,the implant will hold your dentures in place without slipping or tilting and without messy pastes, tapes or glues.
What Is The Primary and Most Effective Use For Mini-Implants?
The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a full lower denture; they can be used for upper dentures and partials as well.
Many upper denture wearers have enjoyed the absence of the plate covering the roof of their mouth by having mini-implants installed. The implants secure the upper denture in place eliminating the need for the portion of the upper plate covering the roof of the mouth. This allows the removal of this part of the denture at the time of the install, allowing wearers to once again have all the sensation and taste they were used to before wearing dentures.
While all dental implants require care during insertion to avoid encroaching on vulnerable nerves, sinuses or bony structures, the ultra small width of the mini-implants offers a comfortable margin of safety.
What Type Of Procedure Is Involved?
The total process is actually split into four parts.
You start with a 30 minute consultation so the dentist can determine bone density and structure, the dentist will also explain the rest of the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Patients will then book their appointment.
A single, minimal procedure is needed for insertion of the mini-implants. They are then put into immediate biting or ‘loading’ function thanks to their ‘self-tapping’ design, thereby anchoring them in place.
The patient is then asked to come back the following day to ensure all is well. The last step is where the patient is seen again one week later to ensure good healing has taken place.
How Long Will They Last?
Mini-Implants are particularly effective in selective anterior single tooth replacements. It must be recognized that all implant systems, as well as natural teeth, are subject to potential failure due to natural causes, including osteoporosis, poor oral hygiene, wear and tear, attrition, poor health, heavy stressful biting habits, and lack of follow-up dental maintenance care.
Mini-implants do not carry any actual, or implied, guarantee of longevity.
Are Mini-Implants Health Canada Approved
Yes, after providing satisfactory technical and clinical evidence to the federal agency that the product was safe for public use, and in fact had beneficial attributes, Health Canada and the FDA granted its formal consent to market the device, not only as a transitional or temporary dental product, but significantly, as a long-term device.
How Much Do Mini-Implants Cost?
Every patient will have different needs and therefore it is difficult to know exactly how much mini-implants will cost you. At Deer Valley Dental Care, we will provide you with a complete estimate of how much your specific needs will cost after your initial consultation. At this point you will be able to decide if mini-implants fit into your budget. We also offer several different payment plans to allow almost anyone to experience the benefits of mini-implants.
What Are My Next Steps?
At Deer Valley Dental Care we take every opportunity to help you make an informed decision. There are several options for patients interested in mini-implants. If you need more information, or if you are feel you are ready to find out if mini-implants will work for you, call our office at 403-271-6300 to book your initial consultation.