Mini Implants: I've had dentures since I was in my 20's. So as I'm now 63, I have bone loss in my lower jaw.
I'd like to have mini implants to hold the lower denture in place. A dentist I went to in Mexico tried to warn me off of them, wanting me to have the regular implants. 4 of them in the front only.
I really like the sound of the mini implants still. What is your opinion of them?
The most important question anyone can ask about implants is: How much bone is present and what is the quality of the bone? Mini implants are a wonderful service and we have had great success with them with the following situations:
The existing denture must be excellent in all aspects.....bite, fit, look.
- High quality dense bone.......so the implants with be very stable
- The dentures are excellent fitting already.......so the load of the bite is on the patient's tissues and not taken up by the implants
- There are enough mini implants........they must work as a group to be strong
- The patient is not able to have conventional implants..........medical history, financal reasons
- The mini implants have the great advantage to be able to be used right away
- The cost is lower then conventional implants
- The post operative discomfort is usually much lower
Conventional implants will probably last longer and designed correctly, offer greater support. When conventional implants are done with a bar connecting them, the denture has almost no movement.
Mini dental implants are not connectred together and have an O ring rubber attachment which allows for some movement of the denture but still give great stability.
We also do combination cases. The mini for immediate loading and then a conventional implant for what some would think, a longer lasting implant.
To make a good decision, you must talk to a dentist that has experience in placing both, IMTECs and conventional implants.
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