Mini dental implants are a viable alternative to traditional dentures. Some patients have difficulty with removable dentures for a number of reasons. They may find that their dentures are uncomfortable or painful, or they may cause difficulties with their speech. Some patients may have to change eating habits to accommodate their new dentures, and over time other problems with dental occlusion (bite) may develop if they become loose
and poorly fitted. Mini implants offer a viable option for patients to secure their dentures, alleviating movement that often leads to issues. Mini implants are constructed from the same titanium alloys as conventional implants and are available in varying lengths. They differ from traditional implants as they have a much smaller diameter – less than 3mm rather than 4-5mm. This means the procedure for insertion of a mini dental implant is much less painful, is quicker and less invasive than conventional dental implants. Mini implants are a suitable alternative for many patients who are unable to tolerate standard dental implant procedures.
Advantages – Standard implants are a much more invasive surgical treatment and bone grafts may be required. This involves extensive surgery, which, particularly in elderly patients, is not a viable option due to the high risk of complications. Mini implants are a far less invasive procedure and can sometimes be a more suitable procedure for elderly patients. Less invasive procedures involve minimum disturbance to the bone and gum tissue, leading to a far shorter healing period and decreased chances of dental implant failure.
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of a mini implant is that the cost is greatly reduced when compared to conventional dental implants. Performing mini implant surgery is a quicker procedure than conventional implant surgery resulting in less time spent with the dentist and cutting costs considerably.
Patients who are uncomfortable wearing dentures will gain confidence with mini implants knowing that their teeth will not fall out while they are eating or talking.
Disadvantages – Mini implants are usually not recommended as single tooth replacements. In fact, they are most effective only when used to stabilize dentures on the lower jaw. There is also a possibility, as with conventional dental implants that they can fail.
Mini dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular option for many patients who require dentures, and want a long-term supporting structure. With proper care and regular dental check ups there is no reason why mini implants cannot last for many years.
Please call Dr. Dirk Jacobsen at the Dental Pod to see if you are a candidate for Mini Implants.