Studies show that 69 percent of adults between the ages of 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth due to tooth decay, a failed root canal, gum disease or accident. By age 74, the rates of tooth loss continue to rise, as 26 percent of seniors have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Dental implants are often the best way to replace missing teeth. They not only support crowns, bridges, and dentures, but they also take the place of the roots themselves.
Dental implants are fixtures of titanium, which are surgically placed into your jaw bone. The implant acts as an anchor for a crown or denture to fit over. When a crown is placed on an implant, most people can’t even tell it is an implant because it is so natural looking.
While dentures and removable partials are usually loose and unstable, implants provide you with dental replacements that are natural looking and very functional. Implants look and feel better than their removable counterparts and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed. Best of all, they can last a lifetime if properly maintained.
A dental implant requires no alterations to the adjacent teeth. Diligent daily oral hygiene is required for implants to stay clean and healthy. It’s also important to regularly visit Dr. Jorgensen for routine follow-up appointments and cleanings to keep your new smile healthy and bright!
Mini Dental Implants
The Mini Dental Implant System consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
Mini Dental Implants function as long-term support for several years, and can be used with full sets of dentures or in single tooth replacements involving crowns and bridges. One of the most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a lower denture. A majority of denture-wearers suffer a great deal of discomfort as a result of lose or ill-fitting dentures. Successful placement of the Mini Dental Implant addresses and solves a variety of social and practical problems experienced by denture patients.
The standard insertion protocol for mini dental implants calls for four of them to be gently inserted into the front of a patient’s lower jaw. This is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed by a general dentist, requiring only local anesthesia. The mini dental implants, which are approximately the size of wooden toothpicks, are placed about half an inch apart in the patient’s jaw. The patient’s denture is then carefully adjusted by the dentist to allow it to snap onto the four mini implants. The result is a tight fitting, completely reliable system that allows a patient to speak and eat with confidence.
The Mini Dental Implants are placed in about an hour’s time. Because of the unique, minimally invasive procedure, the minute size of the implants, and the characteristic placement area, the typical Mini Dental Implant patient can enjoy a light meal an hour or so after having the mini implants placed. Further, a denture patient who has had his or her prosthesis stabilized with mini implants can remove and replace the denture easily after a little practice, and can easily utilize good dental hygiene. All in all, the Mini Dental Implant is a satisfying solution for denture-wearers.
Removable Dental Prosthesis
Dentures can replace missing teeth and can be utilized depending on your personal needs:
- Complete Dentures – Dentures that replace all of the teeth in the mouth.
- Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture attaches to your natural teeth with clasps that keep them in place, completing your smile by filling out the spaces created by missing teeth. Partial dentures are constructed of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases connected by a metal framework. Your natural teeth are used as stable supports for removable partial dentures..
- Overdentures – An overdenture is a type of denture that is placed over dental implants and typically “snaps” onto the implants. This type of denture offers more stability and better fit,
- Denture relines and replacement – The alignment of your jaw will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges shrink due to teeth extraction. Dentures will experience wear over time, and will need to be replaced or relined in order to maintain proper jaw alignment. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for any changes or potential gum disease.