Do you have dentures which are loose or unstable?
Perhaps you smile with your hand over your mouth?
Or perhaps you know that you want to have dental implants, but want to avoid the higher cost and inconvenience of conventional implants?
The good news is that mini dental implants could be your perfect alternative if you live here in St Helier in Jersey, Channel Islands – Let us explain more.
What are mini dental implants?
Mini dental implants are tiny, state-of-the-art and very affordable dental implants for permanently replacing missing teeth and stabilising loosed fitting dentures. They are also an alternative to expensive and time-consuming standard dental implant procedures. We use microsurgery, a minimally invasive one step procedure meaning there is no cutting, no stitches and no bone grafting meaning you can use them right away. They are typically almost half the cost of conventional dental implants. With mini dental implants it’s easy to replace missing teeth and can keep your dentures in place without messy and irritating denture adhesives.
Eat what you want, when you want without all the embarrassment of missing teeth and begin to enjoy life more and smile again.
Mini dental implants versus traditional implants.
The role of a dental implant is to replace a missing tooth and provide a supporting structure for either a bridge or a denture. A Traditional dental implant will require placement using a surgical technique around a larger area than a mini dental implant, this means the healing time is a little longer and may involve stitches and surgery. Whilst traditional dental implants are able to support larger bridges, mini dental implants can be used together to support your loose or wobbly denture or used individually to support a single tooth.
Because the mini dental implant is smaller than a traditional dental implant you may find it a more comfortable procedure.
What is the mini dental implants procedure?
Prior to having any dental implant fitted we will undergo a full consultation with you to work out exactly how many you need (if you only have one tooth missing you will only need one implant, but if you have more teeth missing. There is not always a need to use one implant per tooth).
From the initial consultation we can then go about the planning process and work out exactly where your implant needs to go, it would seem obvious that it goes with the new tooth needs to be, but we have to place the dental implant where the bone in your jaw is. Sometimes when you lose a tooth, the bone resorbs this means there may not always be bone in exactly the right place. Using various diagnostic processes such as x-rays and CT scans we will work out exactly the best place to put your dental implant and may produce a plastic surgical guide, or stent which will allow us to precisely place the implant to within a fraction of a millimetre of the ideal place.
Here is a video of a girl before and after (don’t worry, there is no blood or gore!)
Mini dental implants and dentures
If you are struggling with loose a wobbly dentures then it can be extremely embarrassing when you eat or talk. The last thing you want when you go out for a meal is your teeth falling out!
Mini implants can be used to stabilise your loose dentures, often by only adding 2 or perhaps 4 mini implants. The implants are placed into your jaw with clips on the top, your existing denture (or a new one if you prefer) is then made with clips inside. When you have your mini dental implants in place, you will hear an audible click as your denture locates onto them in your mouth.
Patients that have mini dental implants and dentures find that they dentures feel much more realistic as they click into place. Is this something you would like?
Mini dental implants pros and cons
Not every patient can be treated with mini dental implants, it depends completely on what we are trying to achieve and how many teeth we are trying to replace. Sometimes you may require bone grafting and conventional dental implants due to the way that they integrate into the bone and provide greater support for the bone.
Mini dental implants, in some circumstances, may not be strong enough to support the load of the teeth. Only a full clinical assessment will let us know whether we are able to use this revolutionary type of dental implant with you. Please call us today to book your assessment