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Mini Dental Implants for Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures – The Ivory Dental Clinic Bangkok are a common solution for replacing missing teeth. They are a removable restoration that consists of a gum-colored base that holds replacement teeth. While common, dentures do have some significant drawbacks. One of the biggest disadvantages to dentures is that they can slip out of place while you are eating or speaking, causing pain and embarrassing situations. At Solutions Dental Implants, we can help to provide stability for your dentures with mini dental implants.

What are Mini Dental Implants? 

Mini dental implants are a type of dental implant that is commonly used in your lower jaw to stabilize dentures. As the name suggests, they are smaller than the typical implants used for implant-supported restorations. Mini dental implants have a diameter of approximately 1.8 millimeters to 3.3 millimeters. The other major difference between regular dental implants and mini implants is their design. Where regular implants are designed to have replacement teeth screwed on to them, mini dental implants have a ball on the exposed ends. Your dentures are then secured into place on these balls and secured with O-rings. This design holds your dentures securely in place while still allowing them to be removed for regular cleaning.

How are Mini Dental Implants Placed? 

The procedure for mini dental implants is similar to the procedure for regular dental implants. However, because the implants are smaller, the procedure is much less invasive, takes less time, and has a shorter recovery period. After small incisions are made in your gums, small holes are drilled into your jawbone. The posts are placed into the jaw, and your gums are sutured closed around them. 

Because the procedure is less invasive, your dentures can be stabilized the same day. However, you may experience some discomfort during the first couple of days following the placement of your mini implants. Pain medication may be provided to help you deal with this discomfort. Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods for a few days. Once you have fully healed, you can resume your normal diet.

Placing and Removing Dentures 

While your dentures are secured by mini dental implants, they must still be removed to clean them. To place your denture, grasp the teeth on each side and gently seat them over the balls of the implant posts. The O-rings should be over them. Using light pressure, snap your denture into place. To remove your denture, place your thumbs under each side and gently push them free. Make sure to apply equal pressure to each side. 

Caring for Your Mini Dental Implants 

In addition to caring for your dentures, you must also take care of your implant posts. Brush the posts as you would your natural teeth. These areas, just like your teeth, can collect plaque and bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Make sure that you clean around the ball of each implant thoroughly. It is also important to clean around the O-ring fixtures. Keeping these fixtures clean will help to ensure proper seating and denture retention. 

FAQ

    A :Anyone who is missing one or more (even all) of their teeth may be a candidate for implants.

    If one or a few of the teeth are missing, implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth and function as normal teeth without losing more bone and being subject to decay.

    If all or most of your teeth are missing, then implants may be placed to anchor a loose denture. Sometimes, if there is already some bone loss, bone can be added and regenerated or a technique called bone expansion can be used to create a more ideal site for the implant(s). Ultimately, a consultation with a dentist who is specialised on these procedures can help determine your individual needs.

    A: If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

    All-on-4 dental implants are an easy way to replace missing teeth or dentures using modern technology and materials. They are perfect if you have dentures or are missing many of your natural teeth.

    All-on-4 dental implants can support a whole arch of teeth using only four implants. This can be used on either the upper or lower jaw and immediately replaces missing teeth which not only look and feel similar to your natural teeth, but function normally also.

    All-in-4 treatment is typically recommended for patients who need to replace the majority of their natural teeth. They are also usually good for patients with low bone volume who cannot have a bone graft due to health conditions such as diabetes or osteoporosis.

    Your dentist will first give you an appointment to evaluate your current dental health. He or she will also give you some advice about the treatment options that will best fulfil your needs.

    A:All-on-4 consists of four titanium implants inserted into each jaw. These implants act as a foundation for a bridge. A fixed set of teeth, which will look like your natural teeth, can then be added to the implants replacing your teeth.

    If you have some bone loss, All-on-4 can still be used as a good solution. When the posterior implants are tilted 45 degrees, it reduces the need for a bone grafting and can provide you with a set of teeth virtually indistinguishable from your set of natural teeth. All-on-4 procedures take advantage of the denser bone that often remains in various parts of the jaw. This positioning is angled so it avoids the nerve canal in the lower jaw and sinus cavities in the upper jaw.

    A:Just as with any surgery, there can be some slightly discomfort. However, anesthetic and pain-controlled medications are used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. The doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Special care will be taken to stay in contact with you after the surgery to be sure that you remain comfortable.
    A:To complete treatment takes an average of 6 to 8 weeks or shorter. Nowadays, in some cases, a temporary crown can placed on immediately so called ” Immediated loaded implants ” or ” One day implants “. We do, however, provide patients with temporary teeth if it is the anterior tooth in all cases. AT NO TIME are you without teeth unless you elect to do so.
    A:Generally, we recommend the day of and the following day after surgery, that no strenuous exercise be done. Generally, taking time off work is not necessary for a single tooth replacement case because the procedure is not more complex than a tooth extraction. However, the amount of time off required is an individual decision.
    A:Success rates vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 97%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.
    A:Over these ten years, studies show that All-on-4 dental implants are comparable to or better than other dental implant systems. At five years, the implant success rate was 98%, with 95% of patients experiencing not a single dental implant failure.
    After your surgery you may need to come in for check-ups to ensure everything is in order. However, your new implants will function naturally from the day you leave the dentist’s office. Your dentist will advise you about how to care for your implants, but this is very easy and it is not hard to keep them clean.

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