Dentures are a great solution for maintaining a shining smile after experiencing the loss of teeth, but if your dentures are loose, this transition won’t be a smooth one. Instability in your dentures can leave you feeling self-conscious when laughing, smiling, or talking. It can also make it difficult to enjoy some of your favorite foods, like corn on the cob or steak.
But loose dentures aren’t a life sentence. Mini dental implants can give you back the comfort and confidence you deserve. Hundreds of thousands of denture wearers have already incorporated mini dental implants to gain long-term denture stability. This minimally invasive procedure can be performed by your dentist, Dr. Renger, in just a few hours. If you think mini dental implants may be the right solution for you, talk to Dr. Renger about having the procedure done.
How Mini Dental Implants Work
First, a titanium alloy implant will be inserted into your jaw, acting in a similar manner to the root of a tooth. Next, a retaining fixture will be added that will fit into your dentures, so they stay in place during use. Dentures will snap into place and sit gently on the gums.
To place the implants, your dentist will use a local anesthetic and minimally invasive surgical techniques to insert the implant into your jawbone. This will give your dentures security and stability through any activity. You will likely be able to start using your dentures with your implants the same day the implants are placed.
When you place your dentures into your implants, make sure all areas are clean and free of debris. Hold your denture with both hands and gently place it onto the implants. Press down firmly on both sides of the denture to ensure easy fitting. You should feel the denture snap into place, and then you’re ready to go.
Removal is just as easy. Simply place your thumbs beneath either side of the denture rim and push upward. You can use your tongue to help push the denture out.
Caring for Your Mini Dental Implants
Maintaining your new mini dental implants is similar to the way you’d maintain natural teeth. Implants must be brushed regularly to ensure proper fit. Food and bacteria can stick to implants throughout the day, so it’s important to clean out any debris to avoid gum inflammation or loose-fitting dentures.
As for tools to use to keep your dental implants clean, there are a few options. The ACCESS toothbrush is designed specifically for dental implants and is a great way to gently remove food and bacteria. Ultrasonic cleaners, in conjunction with mouthwash or a peroxide solution, protect against food impaction as well. You can also use a water-pick to flush out debris.
Life with Mini Dental Implants
Your first day with mini dental implants may require a bit of an adjustment period. Some minor bleeding may occur as your implants heal. You may also experience a small amount of discomfort, which can be controlled with the pain medication Dr. Renger will give you after the procedure.
Keep your denture in place for the first 24 hours after implant installation. This will help with the adjustment period. You’ll be able to resume normal eating and drinking activities, except Dr. Renger may advise you to stay away from excessively sticky or hard foods for a period of time. When you’re ready to remove your denture, follow the removal procedures and then swish with antiseptic mouthwash. You can then use your ACCESS toothbrush to gently clean your implants and the surrounding gums.
Once your mouth has adjusted to your new dental implants, you’ll enjoy the comfort and confidence of stable dentures and a shining smile.