In a time when computer chips are getting smaller yet faster everyday, dental technology is keeping pace. Mini dental implants, perhaps the width of a toothpick, are now available from many cosmetic dentists. A mini dental implant or MDI, is used to stabilize dentures or a single tooth replacement.
Using a special drill, the MDI's are inserted into the gums and the dentures or false tooth simply snaps on to the implant ensuring that they will not slip or cause discomfort while eating, talking or in other activities. The procedure itself is painless and easy to perform. It typically requires only one visit and is usually much cheaper than conventional methods. The implants enhance the ability of dentures to perform as normal teeth would by giving them a more solid base.
It is usually not necessary to receive a new set of dentures as most existing dentures and false teeth can be retrofitted to be inline with MDI's.
This procedure is relatively new and cutting edge. But is now available at our office and if you think MDI's can help enhance your smile, give us a call today!
Do you currently wear dentures, but are tired of the hassle and fuss? Are you considering dentures as a replacement option? We would like to let you know about a new denture design: implant-supported dentures. Because they are more comfortable and secure, they alleviate some of the issues found with regular dentures which means you spend less time worrying about your smile and more time enjoying life!
Typically, implant-supported dentures are made for the lower jaw because dentures tend to be less stable in this area, while dentures for the upper jaw usually do not require this added stability. However, implant-supported dentures can be made for either areas of the mouth and are easily removable. The dentures are made with an acrylic base to look like the gums of your mouth with porcelain or acrylic teeth attached to look like natural teeth.
Implants, used to support the denture, are placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth. The number of implants needed to support the denture varies based on individual factors, which we can discuss with you in a consultation. The time frame to complete the implant process also depends on many factors. The shortest time frame from the implant process to placement of the denture is approximately five months for the lower jaw and seven months for the upper jaw. However, in some cases the entire process could take up to a year or more.
Initially you will notice first how much more stable the implant-supported denture is versus a regular denture. You will also have an easier time speaking with less worrying about the denture coming loose and falling out of your mouth as well. Generally, you are also able to eat foods that you could not eat before, with exception to hard or sticky foods that can cause damage to the denture.
With upper jaw implant-supported dentures, you will also notice the more natural feel because the denture will no longer need to cover the roof of your mouth.
Contact us today to find out more about implant-supported dentures and to schedule a consultation.