Why Mini Implants Might Be Right For You
In our previous post, we shared the story of Betty, who got mini dental implants at our dentist office in Orlando, FL. If you read the post or watched the video, you know that Betty described her mini implants as life-changing.
Many other patients have had similar reactions to getting mini implants.
Being able to eat whatever they want to eat means they are more comfortable dining out with family and friends. Plus, being able to eat the foods they really want to eat makes a big difference, too.
When you know your dentures are secure and stable, you feel less self-conscious and more confident about doing a lot of things. We’ve heard from so many patients who are grateful for the ways mini implants have improved their quality of life.
Implants And Mini Implants
Modern dental implants were developed in the 1960s by a Swedish physician, Per-Ingvar Brånemark. He came up with the idea after observing that how bone tissue bonded directly with titanium cylinders. He called this process osseointegration.
He used that knowledge to create dental implants, which he successfully placed in a human patient in 1965. Since then, other researchers have built on Dr. Brånemark’s work to develop new types of implants and new techniques for implant placement.
One of those innovations has been mini implants. As the name suggests, these are smaller than standard implants. This development has allowed more patients than ever get implant-supported dentures.
Mini Implants Save Time, Money
Even before you lost your teeth, you probably knew someone who had traditional dentures. You may have noticed that their face could begin to look “sunken in” with time.
The reason for this is that they started losing bone mass in their jaw. Without teeth, their roots did not press into their jawbone when they ate. That pressure stimulated the bone to create new tissue. Without the pressure, the jawbone stopped making new tissue, which caused the jaw to shrink.
By getting implants to replace your missing roots, you can recreate that stimulation and keep your jawbone healthy and strong.
If you wait too long, however, you won’t have enough bone to hold your implants in place. A bone graft is one way to deal with this problem. This is effectively a bone tissue transplant. The transplanted tissue is placed near your remaining jawbone. As you heal, the tissues grow together to so that your jaw can support dental implants.
Having this procedure adds to the expense of getting implants and forces you to wait longer to get them.
Because mini implants are smaller, they can usually fit into jawbones without requiring a bone graft. That means you can have implant-supported dentures sooner.
Mini Implants Improve Lives
Getting any kind of dental implants, including mini implants, will improve your quality of life compared to what it would be with dentures alone.
With traditional dentures, you only restore a fraction of your biting force. You also never know when your teeth might slip out of place, which can be frustrating, embarrassing, or both.
By getting mini implants, you can feel confident that your replacement teeth will remain in your mouth.
You will restore nearly all of your original biting power, too. That means you will be able to order whatever you want when you are dining out with family or friends. And you won’t have to worry about your dentures falling out in the middle of that funny story from your last vacation.
If you want to experience the life-changing benefits of mini implants, start by scheduling a consultation at Overmeyer Family Dental in Orlando, FL. You can do this by contacting us online or by calling (407) 871-3143.