Mini-Dental Implants to Support Dentures

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MIDs are in fact specifically designed to support dentures, unlike full sized implants which can also be used for single tooth replacements. Because of their smaller size, mini-dental implants are needed in a set to confer stability safely. MIDs are extremely effective in supporting dentures because, like other implant technologies, they aim to mimic dental roots, offering a firm base that is much closer to the natural architecture of our teeth and their support mechanisms, and therefore much more reliable with very tangible benefits.

Mini-dental implants can offer, through added stability and support, improved comfort as unwanted denture movement is vastly reduced. Dentures have been known to cause some discomfort by rubbing against the gums, and this can be virtually eliminated by stabilisation through mini-implants. This added stability also means that a denture user can eat chewier foods more comfortably, making the overall experience of using dentures that much more comfortable.

Can I use MIDs to support my dentures?

There are criteria that need to be met in order for a person to become eligible for certain implant technologies, and these are largely to do with ensuring that these implants can be used safely and reliably. Mini-dental implants naturally have some requirements, however these are far less stringent than those of full sized implants. On account of their smaller size, mini-implants don’t need as much jawbone to be present for a successful fitting. This is a major issue for many people who have lost teeth, primarily because of the fact that tooth loss often results in the gradual and progressive resorption of bone from the jaw.

This process is a result of the body interpreting the lack of stimulus from missing teeth as a sign that the jawbone is no longer needed to the same standards of robustness. Ultimately this triggers a process by which bone material is harvested for other uses, leaving the jawbone diminished and structurally weakened. Because implants work by exploiting a fusion with the jawbone, there is a need for a certain amount of high quality bone for success. This requirement is reduced where mini-implants are involved, which makes the option available to those who have suffered bone loss.

Similarly larger implants require a certain level of good health to allow for a safe surgical insertion of the implants. Any surgery carries with it certain risks, and as larger implants require an invasive surgical procedure, it is important that candidates do not have underlying or complicating medical issues. Mini-dental implants are placed through a much simpler and considerably less invasive surgery which is suitable for candidates who would not be able to safely go through the standard implant treatment.

There are other factors like oral hygiene and smoking habits which can ultimately influence whether you are suitable for mini-dental implants. These are largely factors that influence the likelihood of the procedure’s success, and should be discussed in some detail with your dentist. MIDs offer a viable alternative to full sized implants for many people, and can offer distinctive benefits that make them extremely attractive options for anyone looking to replace missing teeth.

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