Replacing Dentures with Mini Dental Implants
The loss of your natural teeth can be an emotionally difficult event, as it will affect your appearance, ability to eat, and clarity of speech. Individuals who lose a single tooth have a few options, but there is only one practical way to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. That is a full denture plate. In the past, denture wearers had to endure discomfort, give up many foods, and risk embarrassing moments due to poor stability. Thanks to advances in implant dentistry, that is no longer the case. Your smile can be just as beautiful and functional as if you had healthy natural teeth, with just a few mini implants.
What are dental implants?
Traditional solutions for replacing missing teeth focused on the crown (visible portion of the tooth). Appliances such as bridges and dentures were designed to look like complete teeth, but they did not extend to the jawbone as tooth roots do. This created a dilemma of how to support them. Bridges and partials are stabilized by other teeth, but a full denture plate has only the gum tissue to keep it in place, often with the help of an adhesive.
Dental implants are the solution to this problem. They are tiny devices, surgically placed in the jawbone with a minimalistic, comfortable procedure. As the bone grows around the implant, it creates a rock-solid foundation, mimicking a tooth root. The restoration is placed atop the implant, just as a tooth crown tops a tooth root.
How mini implants are different
Most people are good candidates for dental implants if they have a sufficient amount of jawbone. This may be a problem for patients who lost their teeth to gum disease, and those who have been missing teeth for some time. Many denture wearers do not have enough bone left to support full-sized implants.
Mini dental implants are very similar to the traditional style, but they are much smaller, and therefore require less bone mass for stability. Despite their small size, they are surprisingly strong, because they are solid and traditional implants are hollow. Only a few mini implants are needed to stabilize a full upper or lower denture plate.
Losing your teeth doesn’t have to mean losing your smile. If your denture is uncomfortable, unattractive, or unstable, let us help. Our office is conveniently located in Oklahoma City, serving residents throughout the area and in outlying communities such as Yukon. Call us at and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Rykard to find out if mini dental implants are right for you.