Many people have trouble getting their full dentures to stay comfortably and firmly in place. A solution to this common problem is snap in dentures that can be secured in the mouth by means of denture implants for long term stabilization and durability. There are several different options available for securing implant supported dentures. They are mini implants, midi or hybrid implants, and maxi or standard root-form implants. The type of implant that is best suited for each individual patient is largely dependent upon such factors as age, certain diseases and overall health condition, amount of bone resorption (bone loss that occurs after losing teeth), and the patient’s current use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products.
Mini implants are becoming vastly popular for numerous reasons. One of the biggest advantages is that they do not require as much bone to be present as other larger types. So, they may still be a possibility even for those who have not had their natural teeth for years. Another plus is that some of the health conditions that prevent some patients from qualifying for other types do not affect their eligibility for minis. Unlike standard rootform implants, they are also relatively painless and are stable and ready for use immediately after the denture implant surgery. This means that the patient can expect full use of his or her dentures, including eating, as soon as they leave the office. The denture implants procedure is very similar for all the different types, it’s just that the mini implants are less invasive.
The technology of minis allows patients to benefit from the ease and comfort of open palate dentures that do not cover the roof of the mouth. The first step in the process of obtaining minis is to make an appointment with a specialist for a consultation in which the entire process will be explained. Then, the patient will undergo X-rays to determine which type of implants is most suitable for the patient’s particular conditions.
If minis are deemed appropriate, the correct diameter and length must be determined according to how much vertical bone is present to hold the implant in place. They can come in four different diameters ranging from 1.8mm to 2.9mm, each of which can come in four different lengths from 10mm to 18mm. No matter the size, generally at least two and as many as four implants are placed in each of the upper and lower regions of the mouth. This is done by drilling a tiny hole into the bone and essentially screwing a titanium screw down into the hole. The titanium screws have little ball-shaped attachments on their tops. The dentures then feature lock mechanisms that snap onto the attachments and keep them tightly in place.
Mini implants are a popular replacement for old dentures. Some older dentures are very uncomfortable, can slip out of place, and often make unwanted noise. Implants are a much more comfortable alternative. They are also much more secure and noiseless, making for worry-free and relaxed wear. And thanks to modern advancements that make them easier to install, they are much more affordable than many may believe upon first learning about them. All of these factors combine to convince many people that the denture implants cost is well worth it.
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