Mini dental implants are substantially smaller than traditional dental implants – they’re about the size of a toothpick and are generally recommended for the stabilization of full bridges or dentures. In many cases, as few as four mini dental implants can be inserted in the front portion of the mouth under mild anesthetic, after which they can be used to provide support for a full replacement set of teeth.
Mini dental implants do not provide as comprehensive or long lasting a teeth replacement solution as regular dental implant procedures, such as the “All on Four”, but they are certainly more favorable than removable dentures. The denture or bridge that is supported by mini dental implants is removable in the sense that it can be snapped on and off the implants, which allows patients to remove them for cleaning. But it cannot slip around or fall out.
Benefits at a Glance:
Mini dental implants offer a handsome suite of benefits for patients who are looking for a fixed teeth replacement solution:
Fast procedure: Once placed, mini implants can immediately be used to support a fixed bridge or denture. This enables Dr. Brueggen to complete the entire procedure – from implant placement to the attachment of a patient’s new teeth – in as little as a few hours. As such, patients are able to leave the Brueggen Dental Implant Center with a full set of functional teeth!
Fewer and less invasive surgeries: Because mini implants are approximately half as big (in diameter) as traditional dental implants, their surgical placement is far less invasive and comes with fewer risks and complications. This includes possible damage to the nerve canal or sinus cavity.
Negates the need for bone grafting: Owing to the slimness of mini implants, they can quite easily be inserted in regions of the jawbone that are lacking volume and density. This provides patients who have suffered from jawbone loss (usually as a result of untreated tooth loss) a fixed option for teeth replacement, almost always without the need for bone grafting first.
Mini implants are cheaper! Mini implants are the low cost dental implant option and can save patients as much as 70% on oral rehabilitation. This is because this technology is fabricated from less expensive materials and incurs lower placement costs.
Convenient alternative option: Mini implants also offer patients who are already wearing a lower denture that is unstable a far more beneficial, comfortable and stable teeth replacement option.
With mini dental implants, patients are literally able to arrive at the Brueggen Dental Implant Center in the morning and leave again with a stabilized denture less than an hour later. This procedure allows patients to return home and enjoy the benefits of teeth that cannot slip around or fall out and the confidence of being able to eat, speak and smile with a confidence they thought they had lost!
This article provides a brief introduction to the ‘All-on-4’ technique and then proceeds to explore the benefits and advantages of this innovative tooth replacement protocol.
If you still struggle with the endless challenges and repeated costs associated with removable dentures, or ‘false teeth’ as they are colloquially known, then it’s time you learned about the ‘All-on-4’ dental implant protocol. With the ability to give you a new set of beautiful and non-removable teeth in as little as a single day, it is little wonder that All on 4 implants are being hailed as a breakthrough in fixed oral rehabilitation. But what really sets the All-on-4 apart from removable dentures is that it offers a long term solution to edentulism (not having any of your original adult teeth left) and not one that requires refitting every few years or so. Let’s take a closer look at this incredible technology…
Defining the All-on-4 Dental Implant Technique
Before the advent of the All-on-4 protocol in 1993, removable dentures offered patients that presented with advanced tooth loss and edentulism a passable way to eat and look as close to normal as possible. However, these archaic devices do nothing to promote the health of the underlying jaw bone, which gradually results in this vital tissue’s atrophy. Not only does this make it difficult for removable dentures to fit properly – requiring expensive refitting that eventually becomes impossible– but it also substantially changes the natural and youthful contours of the mouth and jaw, resulting in that aged appearance about the mouth we typically associated with the elderly and denture-wearers.
The All-on-4 dental implant protocol however – as the name suggests – with only four implants per jaw allows you to smile with confidence and eat the foods you enjoy. Because All on 4 implants replace the missing roots as well as the missing teeth, the jaw bone is kept healthy and alive, thus preventing its gradual deterioration. So, the All-on-4 protocol offers a comprehensive solution that almost always requires a single day, a single surgery and a single recovery period!
The Benefits and Advantages of the All-on-4 Dental Implant Protocol
If you have worn removable dentures for any length of time, you are more than familiar with the challenges and repeat expenses incurred by this archaic technology. Here’s how All on 4 implants could be the end to all of these crippling hassles:
•A Beautiful Smile: False teeth carry extra mass to help keep them stabilized in the mouth. This mass – ‘flanges’ as they are called – applies pressure on your lips, causing them to appear stretched and thin. With All on 4 implants, the non-removable prosthetic dental bridge is permanently held in place using dental implants, so no flanges are required and the results look and feel completely natural. They are designed to support the lips giving them natural fullness and contours. Furthermore, your new set of beautiful teeth will not shift around or fall out!
•New Teeth in a Day: The All-on-4 technique can be completed in a single surgery, almost always without the need for lengthy, expensive and painful bone grafting procedures beforehand. In other words, patients are looking at being able to get new and beautiful teeth in a single day!
•Immediate Functionality: All on 4 implants can be immediately loaded, which enables patients to use them the same day they have them placed. In fact, the vast-majority of patients that have undergone the All-on-4 protocol enjoy a light dinner on the evening of the procedure and return to work within the following day.
These are really only a few of the advantages the ‘All-on-4’ protocol brings to patients in need of complete oral rehabilitation. In essence, they give you a second chance at a beautiful, functional smile. Removing the stigma of unattractive, missing teeth while restoring your self confidence and providing professional and social opportunities that you thought were gone. If you are tired of your removable dentures and the endless hassles they cause you, then perhaps it’s time you found out more about All on 4 implants and how they can vastly improve upon your quality of life!