If you’re considering removable dentures because dental implants are out of reach, we’d like to mention another option. Even when dentures work for you at first, after about ten or twenty years a problem develops. When your teeth are removed, your body senses the roots of your teeth are no longer there. As a result, it begins to reabsorb the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. This becomes problematic for denture wearers because your jaw begins shrinking. Your dentures will start to slip. Eventually, there won’t be enough jawbone left and you’ll no longer be able to wear them.
While dental implants prevent this problem, not everyone can afford them. To find a happy medium, we offer a more affordable option—mini-implants.
What Are Mini-Implants?
To the left is a side-by-side comparison of a mini-implant with a traditional dental implant. As you can see, the mini-implant is about one-third the size of a full-sized implant.
This means it can be placed without the complexity of flap surgery, giving you the advantage of a much faster healing time. They have limitations, though. They couldn’t sustain a crown or bridge, like their full-sized relations. Instead, they’re used to retain a denture. Used this way they can effectively stabilize a denture for five or more years. This will also help protect your jawbone from disintegrating. It will also keep your denture from slipping. You can even wear your dentures right away, instead of needing a waiting period for healing the way you would with dental implants.
If you’re considering mini-implants, you may call our office to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.