Presents are nice, but one of the best parts of the holiday season is the food — baked turkey and ham, Aunt Sally’s special casserole, and so many desserts.
There’s always more food than we can eat, but we are grateful that we can eat what we want.
Many people take it for granted that they can eat anything, but we know many patients who appreciate that now more than ever. People who have received mini dental implants at our Kennewick, WA office frequently tell us how much it has changed their lives.
Mini implants may be small, but they are powerful — which you can find out for yourself with a little help from our team at Marineland Dental Care.
What Mini Implants Can Do
Imagine trying to bite into a warm, buttery ear of corn on the cob. Now imagine instead of a bite of delicious corn that your dentures get pulled completely out of your mouth. If you have traditional dentures, you may not have to imagine this at all. You may have a memory of this already.
Now imagine you are missing several teeth or maybe even a whole row of teeth. Eating corn on the cob isn’t really an option for you.
If you would like to put corn on the cob back on your plate, then mini implants could be the solution you’ve been seeking.
Mini implants will restore the power in your bite and keep your dentures or dental bridge securely in your mouth. This way you can take a satisfying, tasty bite once again.
Of course, eating what you want isn’t just about the power of your bite. It’s about the force you have while chewing your food. If you have no teeth, you understand why this is a problem.
But if you have dentures, this is often still a problem, too. Studies have shown that people with dentures can lose 75 percent or more of their biting power compared to people who have full sets of healthy teeth.
The instability of dentures makes it difficult to generate the force needed to easily chew a bite of steak, chicken, or ham. This can make meals feel more than chores than something you enjoy.
With mini implants, you can change that. Implants help patients restore much, much more of their original biting power. That means you can chew your food comfortably without feeling like you are wearing out your jaw.
Mini Implants Are Root Replacements
Part of the reason people can generate between 200 and 250 pounds of force is that their roots are embedded in their jaws. This holds their teeth in place, and it adds the weight of the jawbone behind each bite.
Dentures alone rest outside of your gums. They are not connected to your jawbone. As a result, they can slip and slide. Even the slightest shift can reduce the force you generate when you try to bite into something.
Mini implants (like standard implants) are replacements for the roots of your lost teeth. Mini implants are placed directly into your jawbone. Since implants are made of titanium, something important happens. It’s called osseointegration. It occurs your bone bonds directly with the implants as if they were a natural part of your body.
This happens as you heal after getting implants. This also allows your implants to function just like roots, holding your teeth replacements (crowns, bridges, and dentures) firmly in place. And it creates the direct connection you need to have more force with every bite and chew.
Why Mini Implants?
You may be wondering if mini implants are a better option than standard-sized implants. This depends in part on the health of your jaw and in part on some other considerations.
When you lose teeth, your jaw begins to shrink. Implants can prevent further shrinking. Yet, if you’ve lost too much of your jawbone already, you may not have enough bone to support standard implants. Mini implants are smaller, so they often can be used even if standard implants won’t fit.
Even if you have enough bone for full-sized implants, you may want to consider mini implants anyway. Since they are smaller, you can recover from the procedure sooner. This means you can get your replacement teeth much earlier — including that same day in some instances.
Ask Us About Mini Implants?
If you are tired of fighting with your dentures, you owe it to yourself to talk to someone about mini implants. Dr. Hadley at Marineland Dental Care would be happy to answer your questions.