ABOUT MINI IMPLANTS
A mini implant is a miniature titanium alloy implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball, and the retaining fixture acts like a socket with a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture firmly in place. When seated the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
How are Mini Implants placed?
Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a process performed at our office, with local anesthesia. Using a precise, controlled, minimally invasive surgical technique, mini implants are placed into the jawbone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation for securing your dentures. Because of the minimally invasive nature of this procedure the implants do not require a lengthy healing period, meaning dentures can be stabilized the same day the mini implants are placed.
Why Mini Implants might be the right solution for you
80-85% of people with a lower denture are not happy with the fit, stability, or retention, which means they have sore spots, the denture slides or rocks, and most importantly, the denture does not hold down. Poor fit of a denture, whether top or bottom, can lead to serious social and emotional conflict, such as a fear of eating, talking, or smiling in public. Mini dental implants are an excellent, lower cost alternative to stabilize a denture. Mini implants are 3mm in diameter or less; standard implants being 3mm in diameter, or more.
The advantages of Mini Dental Implants
- They are placed with no incision, meaning less post-operative pain and faster healing
- The patient will walk out with a stabilized denture
- 70% of existing dentures can be retrofit, meaning no extra cost for a new denture
Cost The current cost is $1000 per implant, with a minimum of four for a lower denture and six for an upper denture.