Mini Dental Implants in Buffalo, NY
Todd Shatkin DDS is a leading cosmetic dentist specializing in Mini Dental Implants in Buffalo, NY. Contact the Aesthetic Associates Centre today for a free consultation.
Losing your natural teeth can be very traumatic and can greatly affect your self-confidence, self-esteem, nutrition, and overall quality of a life. For many, the traditional options for replacing a full set of teeth have been dentures or implants. Both options come with advantages and disadvantages, but a new technique, mini dental implants, combines the benefits of both and offers a great alternative to teeth replacement.
What are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants combine the benefits of dentures with the benefits of implants. Dentures have always been a low-cost way to replace lost teeth, but they can be uncomfortable and, because they are removable, can slip or fall out when chewing or talking. This can be embarrassing and often leave people feeling uncomfortable in social situations. Dental implants provide permanent replacement teeth that are strong and durable, but the cost is often higher than people can afford. This is where mini dental implants solve the problem.
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Traditional implants are surgically put into the jawbone and are designed to have a replacement screwed onto the post. They require strong bone mass in the jaw in order to support the replacement teeth. Unfortunately, not everyone has the bone mass that is required for full implants. The good news is mini dental implants do not require the same level of bone mass but can still provide the security of stabilized replacement teeth.
Mini dental implants are smaller in size and, instead of a screw thread, they have a small ball on the end that comes through the gum. Dentures are then designed to pop onto these posts and are secured into place with O-rings. These posts keep your dentures secure and in place when you are wearing them, but easy to remove when cleaning is necessary. While mini dental implants can be used in the upper jaw, they are typically used more for lower dentures.
How are Mini Dental Implants Placed?
Similar to traditional implant placement, a small incision is made into the gum and a hole is drilled into the jawbone. The mini dental implant posts are placed into the bone and the dentist sutures the gums closed. Mini dental implant placement is slightly less invasive than traditional implants and requires no time to heal without your dentures in place. Once the procedure is complete, your dentures can be put into place immediately. While you may experience some discomfort for a few days, you should be able to resume normal activity immediately.
Securing and Removing Your Dentures
Securing your dentures into place with mini dental implants is quick and easy. Simply hold your denture on each outer side and gently place the denture on top of the posts. Ensure that the O-rings are positioned over the posts. With light pressure, snap the denture down into place.
To remove your dentures for cleaning, simply put each thumb underneath each side of the denture and gently push up, freeing them from the post. Use care to apply pressure equally to both sides.
Caring for Mini Dental Implants
Caring for your mini dental implants begins with traditional denture cleaning. Remove and clean your dentures as instructed by your dentist. In addition to cleaning your dentures, you must clean and take care of the implants. Brushing the posts, as you would natural teeth, helps remove plaque and bacteria that can build up. Make sure to thoroughly clean and brush both the ball of each implant and around the O-rings. Keeping these areas clean helps to ensure your dentures will sit properly and stay in place.
If you already have dentures, you may be able to use them with mini dental implants. In many cases, your current dentures can be retrofitted to fit the implants and save on costs.
If you would like more information on how mini dental implants can help secure your beautiful smile, contact the Aesthetic Associates Centre today to arrange a free consultation with Dr. Todd Shatkin.
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