For years, traditional dentures were the standard solution for complete tooth loss. Yet, their discomfort and occasional mishaps leave many people exploring other options. Thanks to dental advancements, various alternatives now offer enhanced comfort, stability, and a more natural appearance. Among these choices, mini dentures have gained considerable popularity. This is likely due to the many benefits of opting for dental implants to replace missing teeth. At Bent Tree Dental, we offer various implant dentures secured with mini dental implants. Together, we can help you find the right fit.
How Do Mini Dentures Work?
Mini dentures are secured into place with mini dental implants. These implants are less than 3 millimeters in diameter. Although they are small, they are tremendously effective. Consisting of a narrow titanium screw with a ball at the top, these implants are inserted into the jawbone in a minimally invasive procedure. The ball end then connects to your dentures.
Before you come in for your implant procedure, you’ll have a complimentary consultation led by Dr. Miller. At this visit, Dr. Miller will examine your teeth, take digital scans to assess your situation, and explore suitable tooth replacement options.
Placing mini dental implants is relatively quick because of the procedure’s minimally invasive nature. Patients often require only local anesthesia. However, we offer various sedation choices tailored to your specific needs.
Once you are comfortable, Dr. Miller will expertly position and place the implants where necessary by drilling a small pilot hole into the jawbone for each implant. The number of implants required will depend on whether you are restoring your upper or lower arch and your specific dental condition. Due to the immediate stability of mini dental implants, Dr. Miller can attach your implant dentures right after he places your implants.
One incredible benefit of mini implants is that recovery is swift. Patients generally experience minimal discomfort during the healing process.
Can I Get Mini Dentures?
Mini implant dentures are ideal for those missing all of their upper or lower teeth. At your free consultation, Dr. Miller will assess your jawbone’s strength to determine if you are a good candidate for mini dental implants. Fortunately, many patients are eligible for mini dental implant solutions. Thanks to the smaller size of the implant, inserting the post does not require a significant amount of jawbone like traditional dental implants typically do. For traditional implants, the process often requires bone grafting to ensure enough bone density for the implant to remain secure. This usually is not necessary for mini implant dentures, and they can often be placed in just one day with a speedy recovery. For older patients, especially those who have experienced bone loss, mini implants can be life-changing.
What If I Have Loose or Uncomfortable Dentures?
Traditional dentures can offer an initial solution for missing teeth. However, their effectiveness diminishes over time, leading to a lack of stability and grip. This gradual decline in functionality causes the dentures to frequently slip and shift, creating inconvenience and discomfort for the wearer. Ill-fitting dentures interrupt daily activities, affecting eating, speaking, and overall confidence. It is also common for denture wearers to experience painful infections and inflammation, such as denture stomatitis or angular cheilitis. Finding the proper denture with the right fit can help prevent this.
Because the posts of the implant denture are inserted into the jawbone, the prosthetic locks in place securely. Once attached to the implants, the denture remains stable, ensuring no slipping or shifting. This enhanced stability allows you to enjoy a wider range of foods and speak without worrying about the dentures popping out. Such security also improves comfort and reduces the likelihood of sores or infections caused by shifting dentures.
In some cases, we may be able to adapt your existing denture to attach to the implants. However, this depends on the condition of your current prosthetic. During your consultation, Dr. Miller will evaluate the compatibility of your current denture and determine the possibility of converting it into an implant denture.
Are Mini Dentures Permanent?
Bent Tree Dental offers removable and non-removable implant dentures. The best denture for you will ultimately depend on your preference. Our implant-retained dentures offer the flexibility of removability, allowing you to take them out as needed.
Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, are non-removable and require a few more implants for added security. We utilize the Fix-on-Six® system for permanent dentures, revolutionizing the experience for many of our patients. This method uses a roundhouse bridge—a full arch of incredibly realistic replacement teeth and six to 10 mini dental implants. Dr. Miller will use however many implants are needed for maximum security and success. This option usually provides the most natural and effective bite for patients, and once attached, these dentures don’t require removal for cleaning at the end of the day. Many of our patients opt for Fix-on-Six dental implants for their minimal maintenance requirements, natural appearance, and remarkable stability.
Visit Bent Tree Dental Today
As you consider your denture options, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation at Bent Tree Dental. Contact us today to learn more about our range of services and discover the tailored solutions for your mini dentures. Our team is here to assist and guide you toward the best choice for your dental health and overall well-being.