Receiving an artificial knee, hip or lens of the eye has become a reliable, predictable part of mainstream healthcare. After 30 years, dental implants are also a predictable and safe procedure to enhance dental function and comfort. Dental implants are effective for single and multiple tooth restoration in crown and bridge dental cases and also for securing dentures.
A McCarl Dental Group patient from College Park Maryland experienced trauma to his mouth more than 40 years ago and lost a front tooth. He has lived with the inconveniences of wearing a “partial-plate” since high school. During a one hour dental visit we placed a single dental implant and temporary crown. Two weeks later he received his permanent crown and now he is able to bite into apples and eat corn on the cob for the first time in 40 years!
The most common use of mini dental implants is stabilization of dentures. Poorly fitting dentures can cause a great deal of discomfort, inconvenience and embarrassment. It is not uncommon for denture wearers to experience bad breath from food trapped beneath their denture. Successful placement of the mini dental implant resolves social and practical problems commonly associated with dentures. With the cost savings and rapid healing of the newest advances in dental implants, there is no reason to suffer from loose or poorly fitting bridges, partial dentures or full dentures. The bottom line for many patients with dental implants is that for the first time since they have had dentures, they can actually talk and chew without being afraid that their dentures will fall out causing extreme embarrassment, or shift causing sores in their mouths.
Dental implants fall into two primary categories. There are traditional implants, which are placed and need to heal or “sleep” 4 to 6 months before use or “loading.” The other type of dental implants is minimally invasive which allows them to be placed and put into use right away. The immediate loaded implants are very popular not only because of their immediate use but also because they are less invasive, have a very rapid healing response and cost significantly less for the patient. Mini or minimally invasive implants have become available to almost all of the population. Previous traditional implants may have been too expensive for some patients while other dental patients did not have enough bone in their jaws to place larger, traditional implants. Most patients have sufficient bone mass for placement of a tiny minimally invasive implant. The mini dental implants will withstand normal chewing forces just like natural teeth.
Our McCarl Dental Group patients from Lanham, Bowie, New Carrollton, Laurel, Greenbelt, Severna Park, Annapolis, Crofton, Crownsville and Millersville Maryland are thrilled with the new mini dental implants. When a dental patient comes to our office for dental implants, we make the determination for the location of implants during the initial consultation while viewing a digital panoramic x-ray. When using dental implants to retain a lower denture, we gently insert up to four mini dental implants into the front of the patient’s lower jaw. This is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed by a dentist certified in the installation of dental implants and requires only mild anesthesia. The miniature dental implants, which are approximately the size of wooden toothpicks, are placed about five millimeters apart. The patient’s denture is then carefully adjusted by the dentist to allow it to snap onto the mini implants. Patients are able to remove and replace the denture easily so that they can clean their gums and dentures regularly.
The result is a secure fitting denture that allows a patient to speak and eat with confidence. Minimally invasive dental implants are placed in about an hour’s time and the typical dental patient can enjoy a light meal an hour or so after having the mini implants placed. It is a win-win situation for our dental patients who now have a quick, comfortable and affordable solution for the discomfort and inconveniences of missing teeth and dentures, as well as our dentists, who love to keep dental patients smiling.