Dentures are a great option for those who are missing teeth, but they have a number of significant drawbacks. Dentures can slip out at inopportune times, heavily restrict the types of food that you can eat, and can actually cause you pain if they do not fit correctly. In response to this, several dentistry practices have implemented what are commonly known as mini-dental implants. What exactly are mini-dental implants and how do they differ from traditional dental implants?
The Skinny on Mini-Dental Implants
Mini-dental implants function in a similar way to traditional dental implants in that they are artificial tooth roots that are surgically inserted into the jaw. They differ in that their main function is to anchor your dentures so that they are less likely to slip. While this sounds like a good option for those with dentures, the main issue lies in the fact that there are typically only four anchor points. This means that your jaw bone is still likely to deteriorate a bit as there are fewer points of stimulation along the jaw.
Traditional dental implants are nice because they are fully anchored to the jaw, but can be placed individually (something that is impossible with dentures). They also give more support to dentures, whereas mini dental implants are often good only to hold your jaw in place and provide limited support.
The Denture Fountain of Youth™ is an approach to dentures that provides a great fit. They may not stimulate the jaw the way that dental implants do, but they also don’t promote bone loss the way that some dentures can. With evenly balanced force, Fountain of Youth Dentures™ are very comfortable and promote a healthy mouth. Plus, the better fit means that they allow you to speak as you would with your natural teeth and will look more like your natural teeth, leaving you with a more youthful appearance.
While Fountain of Youth Dentures™ are best with dental implants, they are a significant improvement over traditional dentures even without.
Consult a Dentist
Deciding between dental implants and dentures can be difficult, but luckily, you do not have to make this decision alone. Consulting with a dentist is the best thing you can do in this situation. If you are in the Philadelphia area and are thinking about getting dentures or dental implants, please consider paying a visit to Dr. Kenneth Siegel at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell. He can give you guidance as to which works best for you. If you would like to schedule an appointment, or have any questions, please give us a call at (610) 272-0828.