Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants, also known as denture-retention dental implants, can be used to temporarily hold dentures in place. Very small titanium posts (1.8 to 2 mm in diameter) act as the roots of your teeth and fit perfectly into the retaining fixtures that are inserted into your denture. The retaining fixture placed in your denture or crown provides a firm hold, ensuring you can laugh, talk, and eat without worry. While they are not intended as a permanent solution, mini dental implants can be a quick, affordable, temporary solution. This procedure takes less than two hours and requires no incision or stitches, which means that you can walk away with a brand new smile in just one appointment.
First, we begin with a 3D scan of your jaw to ensure proper placement of the small titanium posts that will be inserted to secure your denture. The next step is minimally invasive and is performed in our office under local anesthetic. Four to six ball-headed posts are inserted into the lower jaw (depending on your particular need) while the retaining fixtures are placed into your denture. The retaining fixture contains an O-ring that ensures a snug fit over the ball head of the post. Your dentures will sit gently on your gums while being held firmly in place with the mini dental implants. Due to its simplicity, there is almost no bleeding, swelling, or inflammation immediately following this procedure.
Mini dental implants have been FDA approved, and periodontists have used them for decades. They have a 95% success rate when performed by an experienced periodontist and are great for patients who don’t have enough bone density for full-sized implants.