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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

3 Reasons to Choose Mini Dental Implants For Your Implant-Supported Dentures

by Jimmy Carter

If you have any missing teeth, you have a few options for replacing them. You can get a dental bridge, partial denture, or dental implants. Another option is to get an implant-supported denture with either full or mini dental implants. Mini implants have a wide range of benefits, as listed below.

The Implant Procedure Is Done in a Single Appointment

A major benefit to choosing mini dental implants over traditional ones is that you can get the entire procedure done in a single appointment. The metal post used in traditional implants is rather long, so after getting the implant placed, you wait for a process called osseointegration. This is the healing process when the bone gradually heals over the implant, holding it in place. However, mini implants are about half the size of traditional ones, which doesn't require you to go through this healing process. You can get the denture piece placed on top of the mini dental implants in as short as a single visit.

The Recovery Period Is Easier and Shorter

Going through the traditional dental implant procedure is often difficult and complicated. During the recovery period, you might be in a lot of pain and have to wait several months before osseointegration occurs. However, with mini dental implants, less bone is needed for the implants, therefore, the recovery period isn't quite as difficult. Also keep in mind you don't need to get bone grafts done since less bone is required, which means you can save on recovery from a bone graft, then recovery a second time from the implant procedure.

The Implants Don't Cost as Much

You also have the added benefit of paying less for the dental implants. A common disadvantage for replacing missing teeth with implants is having to pay extra for the procedure. With mini dental implants, they don't cost as much due to the shorter period of time required for installing the implants and the fact that it is easier for the oral surgeon to complete. Speak to your dentist about the implant options and whether or not you can save money by opting for mini implants instead of the traditional ones.

Your dentist can provide you more information about mini dental implants and whether they are better than other tooth replacement options. Keep in mind that with dental implants in general, you have a permanent option for replacing your missing teeth and a way to get back to normal eating.