Mini-Implant Supported Dentures
If you have ever worn full dentures, you have come to realize they are often not as good as what Nature originally intended. Loose dentures can make a person feel they are no longer themselves. Common human behaviors like laughing out loud, sneezing, letting go a big whoop when bungee jumping, or going for that long kiss goodnight are suddenly fraught with anxiety. Will my teeth stay in or out? Will they clack or remain my silent guardian? How long will my gums be tender? Will I ever by myself again?
The answer is . . . YES! You’ve heard of mini-skirts, the mini-Cooper, and Minnie Mouse. Now let Dr. Rodney Shainbom in West Vancouver, BC introduce you to Mini-Implants. The second word of that phrase might give you pause, because the word “implant” does imply an invasive addition to a person’s body with which they will live from that point on. A pacemaker is a type of implant. Metal screws used in orthopaedic surgery to stabilize fractured bones are also implanted and permanent. But think where we’d be without them!
Mini-implants function by a dentist inserting a small titanium screw into the jaw bone, leaving a point raised, which fits exactly into a tiny hole in the structure of the fabricated denture, thereby anchoring it securely. Even with pressure exerted on the denture from chewing, laughing, sneezing, etc., it remains fixed over the pinion anchored to the bone. It is now almost physically impossible for the denture to dislodge itself, other than being forcibly removed by the patient or dentist for cleaning.
We in the world of dentistry often feel “small is beautiful”, and we sense that wonder no more than now with the advent of mini-implants to help the dentist and patient attain what they both wish for most: a permanent lovely smile with teeth that work and remain where they belong. The mini-implanted denture owner can live life to the fullest without fear or embarrassment. We have models in our office for demonstration. Arrange a free 15-minute consultation with us at Dentistry-on-Bellevue and we can show you how they work!