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Mini implants - Temporary or Permanent? I have just had a new set of dentures made.

Now I am looking at getting implants to stabalize them. My dentist told me that mini implants are a just temporary solution. I have heard otherwise so now I am confused.

He also told me that I have great bone density on upper and lower. The cost of the mini implants seem to be much less and even though I have dental insurance it will only pay $1500 which leaves me with a pretty big bill if I get the traditional implants.

So, my question is: are the mini implants just temporary? ...Visitor from FL

Mini-implants have been approved by the FDA for temporary and ongoing use. That makes them a long term solution for the right patients.

If a patient understands that there are some limitations to mini's then they can be an excellent option for the patient on a budget. Ask your dentist how many they have done, the long term success rate and if need be contact a different dentist for a second opinion.

Given what they said about your bone, it sounds like you would be a good candidate for this treatment. Can a mini fail? Yes, then a new one can be placed.

Traditional implants have a more definite success rate and your dentist can offer more predictability long term so if on a budget try mini's... you can always transition to traditional implants if finances allow at a later date.

Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Wisconsin Prosthodontics
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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