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Secure Your Dentures with Mini Dental Implants

Dental implants help people with missing teeth restore their smiles. These restorations are durable, long-lasting, and natural in look and feel. But, not everyone is a candidate for implants.

Mini dental implants may be an option if you aren’t ready for traditional implants, don’t have enough bone to secure the implants, or have a number of missing teeth. Mini implants secure dentures in place for up to 10 years, so you benefit from a secure fit without complicated implant surgery.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, our talented surgeon Dr. Husam Elias offers mini dental implants at our office in Sherman Oaks, California. Read on to learn if mini dental implants might be right for you.

How do dental implants work?

A traditional dental implant involves placing a titanium post into your jawbone. Over several months, your natural bone fuses to the post so it can serve as a secure foundation for a prosthetic tooth.

Implants offer a firm tooth replacement, and they don’t slip as removable dentures can, so you don’t have to worry about slurred speech or dietary restrictions. Implants also help maintain your jawbone tissue so you maintain the integrity of your smile and face shape.

What are mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are sometimes called denture-retention implants. Appropriately named, mini implants are smaller than traditional implants, but hold a denture or crown in place as securely as traditional implants. Upper and lower arch dentures can be affixed to mini implants.

They’re less expensive, however, and can be used for a row of dentures as well as single tooth replacement.

Why are mini implants a good option for dentures?

Removable dentures do fill in gaps when you have missing teeth, but getting a good fit can be tricky. Removable dentures can slide when you speak and certain foods are just off limits when you wear them.

Mini implants provide a firm foundation so your dentures won’t slide. You’ll have less dietary limitations, too. Mini implant-supported dentures also make your smile look natural and healthy.

What should I consider when it comes to mini implants for dentures?

Mini implants do last just 10 years, versus the 30 years of traditional implants. So you will most likely have to replace mini implants at some point

Mini implants are more affordable than traditional implants. Their placement is also less invasive as compared to traditional implants. The entire procedure takes just one visit that lasts two hours. 

Right after your appointment, you can attach your dentures immediately – no need to wait months for the implants to heal. The procedure requires no incisions or sutures, so you experience less pain and blood loss.

How do I care for mini implants?

You care for mini implants (and attached dentures) just as you do your normal teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss regularly. Keep up with your twice-a-year professional dental visits, too, to keep your teeth clean and your oral soft tissues healthy. We also check the integrity of the implants at each visit.

If you’re ready for a secure replacement for missing teeth that doesn’t require months of healing, schedule a consultation at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts to learn about mini implants. Call the office or book online today. 

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