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Mini Implants Ask The Prosthodontist Chris McFarland Question:
I just had mini implants put in about two weeks ago and they don't seem to want to stay in place.

They are lifting up constantly on one side. Plus, the bite of my teeth are not connecting so my top teeth now won't stay in place.

When I mentioned this to the dentist I was told that that is was normal for my top teeth to move around more and to just apply more denture paste.

My mouth is always sore now and I'm afraid it will damage what bone I have left. All four of the mini implants were placed in the frontmost part of my jaw. Please give me your thoughts? ...Visitor from OR

Sorry you are having a bit of a time adjusting to the mini's.

It's not unusual for a dentist to use 4 and often they are all in the front. It helps if your jaw is curved so they are not all in basically a straight line. Otherwise, the denture can lift in the back and move a bit when chewing.

You should not really be having an issue with the bite. If an old denture was used and modified for the mini's, it should feel just like it did before except that it should stay in better.

If you got a new denture on the bottom, the bite should still line up evenly with the old upper. Yes, it might be possible to knock the upper loose but your bite should feel level and stable.

Anytime implants are done it represents a big change. The dentist needs to hear what is going on and your concerns so he/she can address those issues.

It may take a couple of visits but hopefully, things will settle down and you will love the change. I always plan on the patient's making a few adjustment appointments to get everything just right

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

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