Overview of Denture Stabilization and Mini Implants
posted on 1/29/2010
If you wear dentures, you may be one of many people who deal with discomfort, wobbling and slippage on a daily basis. While denture adhesives can resolve the problem in the short term, keeping dentures in place can become a daily challenge. Fortunately, there are options. Cosmetic dentists have developed a mini implant procedure specifically for denture wearers so that the dentures can be anchored in place. Here’s a close look at how denture mini implants work, and if you may be a good candidate for the procedure.
How Denture Stabilization Works
In order to anchor the dentures on the gums, the dentist drills into the gum tissue using a 1.8 mm width drill bit to create a series of holes. A tiny implant with a wide top is then inserted into each hole and screwed in tightly. Most people require about six implants in order for the stabilization process to be successful. The dentist uses a very small wrench to tighten each implant each place, and then a ratchet wrench seats anchors the implant deeper into the gums to ensure a long-lasting fit.
The dentures are then modified with metal housing to fit directly over each implant. These metal pieces simply “snap on” to the implants so that the dentures can be secured tightly in place.
Are You a Good Candidate for Denture Stabilization?
Mini implants and the denture stabilization procedure are an attractive option for denture wearers who are constantly dealing with slippage, wobbling and even pain because their dentures don’t fit properly. Over time, the gum line can change because there are no teeth to support it. The mini implants serve as a valuable anchoring system to support the dentures for several hours at a time, and they may even help to improve overall oral health.
The entire mini implant procedure takes only a few hours and most people report that they can speak, laugh and eat much more easily – and more comfortably – shortly afterwards. Once the gum tissue has been numbed with local anesthetic and the implants have been inserted, the gums begin to heal within a few days. There is no need for stitches or sutures of any kind, and the gums and mouth should heal completely within a few days or weeks.
You may be a good candidate for denture stabilization if you:
Are unable to eat certain types of foods because of the fear of the dentures slipping out
Are tired of the taste and feel of denture adhesives
Are afraid to smile because the dentures may fall out
The dentures tend to shift and wander when you speak
You’ve lost a significant amount of bone in the jaw area
Denture stabilization with mini implants offers a number of benefits for denture wearers of all ages, and can help to keep your mouth and gums healthier than wearing dentures with adhesive alone.
Learn more about dentures in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dentist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the denture stabilization process and mini implants.