Mini Implants ­- Implant Retained Dentures

“Mini” or small ­diameter implants are traditionally prescribed for patients who do not receive root­form implants due to medical, anatomical or financial reasons. The benefits include a minimally invasive surgical procedure, immediate usability and reasonable affordability. They can accommodate new or existing dentures, which are anchored to the heads of the mini implants via a simple and effective o-­ring retention system, providing patients with a new level of comfort and confidence.

Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This offers many benefits, and they can also be used in situations where regular implants cannot. If an implant needs to be placed in a narrow space, mini implants are the preferred method because of their smaller size.

A main use for mini implants is to install a full upper or lower denture. A series of mini implants (4-­6) are placed along the gum line and they serve as the base of the denture. Rather than placing a single implant for a single tooth, an entire lower or upper set of teeth are directly attached to the gum line.

The small size of mini implants often means that no incision needs to be made to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period, and the restoration can usually be placed right away or only a short time after. Mini implants are also less expensive than regular implants.

Call Wellington Family Dentistry at (970) 568-0030 for a free consultation to see if mini implants are right for you.

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