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Mini Implants Ask The Dentist Christopher McFarland Question:
4 Mini upper implants vs 6: About 4 months ago I had 4 upper mini implants put in and dentures made for them.

In my area this was a relatively new procedure and the dentist that did it was reasonable with his price. He had done this for a lot of people and was a very reputable Dentist.

I questioned him about using 6 instead of 4 but he said there wasn't room for 6. I have had nothing but trouble since.

I've already had to have the O-rings replaced twice because they get so loose and my whole mouth is just uncomfortble. His staff is very patient with me and can find no pressure spots or sore places.

I don't know what to do. Can anyone help? Please! This has taken over my whole life. ...Visitor from VA

Sorry to hear that you are having a problem with your minis. They have worked well for me in the past with certain situations.

One thing that could be a problem is the shape of your jaw. If it is too square then the implants line up almost straight instead of on a curve. This lets the denture tip when you use it.

The problem with six minis is it would be very difficult to line them up close to parallel and the rings would wear quickly.

I know you don't want to hear this, but the mini just may not be for you. You may need to consider removing them and placing traditional implants keeping in mind that where they go will be important in your case.

Having had one problem, I think I would look long and hard at a fixed hybrid denture. This would be screwed onto the implants and you wouldn't have to worry about it movng.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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