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Mini Implants Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Mini implants for upper jaw: My 84 year old mother in law is looking into getting mini dental implants for the upper jaw.

She has an extra bone in the front of her mouth that makes it difficult if not impossible for her dentures to "suction" properly.

We are hearing and reading articles on sores, bleeding, inflamation, etc., due to the mini implants, especially when they are in the upper jaw. Our other alternative is to have the bone surgically removed, which we have also looked into.

Please give us your opinion on the mini dental implants for the upper jaw . ...Visitor from NC

Mini dental implants are more predictable in the lower jaw because the bone is usually more dense there. However, I have done many upper minis and had good success.

There are more failures in the upper jaw. I have had 3 fail, waited 6 months and then redid and they are fine.

I would ask the dentist if he did replacements at no charge. Also, you may be able to avoid the bony problems by doing 8 mini implants and doing crowns over these instead of a denture. A laboratory called FIRST does the crowns. If your dentist has not heard of crowns instead of dentures, he may want to explore this.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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