An estimated 37 million Americans are edentulous—without teeth in one or both arches. Despite this high number, however, many denture wearers can feel isolated and alone. People with dentures often suffer from self-consciousness and insecurity when socializing or eating due to fear of their dentures slipping out of place.
We at Back 2 Basics Dentistry are now offering denture patients in the area a new treatment that can immediately increase denture stability in just 3-hours. Mini dental implants (MDIs) provide an affordable and minimally invasive way for denture-wearers to anchor their dentures in the mouth so they can regain confidence and feel comfortable eating, talking and smiling.
In the past, denture wearers had few options for how to increase the stability of their denture. They could use adhesives, which weren’t always effective, or they could have a new denture made to better fit their mouth. Those with financial means could also consider having traditional or otherwise known as full-size, dental implants placed to anchor their dentures. While effective, full-size dental implant treatment is also prohibitively expensive for many patients. In addition, many patients are not good candidates for the procedure, due to lack of bone in the jaw or other health conditions.
Mini dental implants, however, are different from full-size implants. Ranging in size from just 1.8 millimeters to 2.9 millimeters, these implants can be placed in the dental office in a very simple, 3-hour procedure. The patient’s existing denture can then be adapted to snap on to the implants. Unlike full-size implants, which require significant recovery time, MDIs can be immediately put to use keeping the patient’s denture in place, so the patient can walk out of the dental office transformed after just 3-hours. Because the treatment is minimally invasive, mini dental implants may be an option for patients who are not good candidates for full-size implants. Best of all, the treatment is much more affordable than full-size implant options.
Dr.Cornell and Dr. Jones are certified in the placement of 3M™ MDI Mini Dental Implants, and are happy to offer a free consultation with denture patients about whether this treatment is right for them. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.