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Mini Implants

What can I eat after dental implant surgery?

By | Dental Implants, Mini Implants

After consultations with 4 different dentists I finally decided that I have to do what is affordable for me. So I am going to get 6 mini implants. I figure that should be pretty good for my dentures and better than what I have now. My dentures pretty much lift every time I cough, sneeze or eat anything that isn’t soft. I haven’t made a final decision yet about which surgeon I am going to let do the implants. I am trying to get as much information as I can about what to expect before and after the surgery. There isn’t much information on after care that I got from the brochures the dentists gave me. Specifically I would like to know if my diet will be restricted after implant surgery. Will I have to be on liquids for a while, or what can I eat? Thanks. Danette

Danette – Immediately after your dental implant surgery, your intake will be mainly in liquid form. Drinks or smoothies that contain vegetable and protein will help you maintain your energy level. Be certain to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Drink directly from the cup and do not use a straw. The sucking action from a straw can dislodge the blood clot and prolong the healing process.

Be sure to eat and drink something nourishing. Too much sugar will drain your energy. After a few days, you can eat soft food. Hot food should be avoided. Soup (not too hot), yogurt, pudding, gelatin, or applesauce will not harm the implant site. Crunchy foods can fall into the implant site and cause discomfort, pain, or bleeding.

Be certain to take in enough protein and liquids each day. It will help you feel better and heal faster.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

My dentist says mini implants are not strong enough

By | Mini Implants

I have horrible dentures and am getting them replaced with new ones. I found a new dentist for dentures that look really good. I want implants for them but I can’t afford the regular implants. Unfortunately after getting hooked on this dentist I found out that he doesn’t do mini implants. He doesn’t like them because he says they are not strong enough. He will only do standard implants. There is just no way I can get regular implants. Do I have to settle for just getting new dentures? Thanks Connie

Connie – It is true that mini implants are not as stable as standard implants, but in most cases, they will stabilize your dentures.

We are unable to say whether or not mini implants can be used for your particular case, so we recommend that you receive a second opinion—and possibly and third option—from an experienced prosthodontist. He or she will perform an examination and conduct diagnostic studies to determine the best and most affordable way to secure your dentures.

The diameter of mini implants is smaller than that of standard implants. The placement is easier, and they are less expensive. The more implants you receive, the more stable your dentures will be. In cases of low bone density, some providers prefer them because they require less bone density to be placed. But they are less stable than traditional implants, and they don’t last as long. With proper placement and proper at-home care, they can five to ten years.

A skilled prosthodontist will let you know if mini implants are an option for you. If they are an option, he or she will let you know what you can expect in terms of stabilization and longevity compared to traditional implants.

Costs of both traditional and mini implants will be explained. You will also receive information on how either treatment can be made affordable for you, including financing and payment plans.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Can a mini implant be used for a single tooth?

By | Mini Implants

I need 2 dental implants. I am wondering if mini implants can be used for them instead of the regular size implants. I understand that mini implants are cheaper. Can I get minis? Mikoko

Mikoko – Mini implants are commonly used to support dentures. They give dentures some stability, but less stability than a standard implant.

A mini implant can be used to replace smaller teeth, such as an incisor, and they can be used in spaces that are too small for a standard implant. When a mini implant is used, it must be able to withstand the biting force for the particular tooth that is being replaced.

Mini implants are not right for every case. Your teeth need to be examined by a skilled implant dentist. He or she will determine if you are a candidate for mini implants.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Can my current dentures be used for mini implants?

By | Affordable Implant Dentistry, Mini Implants

I have dentures, but I want dental implants. I know that I will get them, but I am uncertain of the timing. If I my current dentures can be altered for implants, I can get the implants sooner. Is this possible? Thanks. Linda

Linda – It is possible that your current denture can be modified to accommodate dental implants. In general, if your existing denture has a poor bite, is worn, or is more than five years old, you will likely need new dentures.

If your current dentures can be used, after the desired location of the implants in your jawbone is determined, your denture will be adjusted.

Schedule an examination with an experienced implant dentist, and have your dentures examined to determine if they can be used. This will make the process of securing your dentures with implants even more affordable.

This post is sponsored by board-certified prosthodontist and Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

A mini implant for a molar tooth, or a conventional implant?

By | Mini Implants

I’m having trouble facing my fear of a huge, regular-size implant that is not easily removable. The mini doesn’t seem so scary to me. Could they place a mini in a lower molar? – JoAnn

JoAnn – Mini implants are used to support dentures. They are not strong enough to support a single tooth. A mini implant would not withstand the pressure biting and chewing force of a molar tooth.

You do need a standard implant for your molar tooth. Find a credentialed implant dentist. Discuss your concerns with him or her, and the implant dentist will explain the procedure to you and the care that will be taken to ensure you receive a quality implant fixture that is properly placed. An implant that is properly placed is permanent and does not to be removed.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Can I get mini implants for 7 missing teeth?

By | Dental Implants, Mini Implants

Hi. I have 7 missing teeth and 3 of them are back teeth. I really want dental implants, but I cannot afford them. I am wondering if mini implants are an option for me. – Thanks. Gloria

Gloria – Mini implants are more affordable than standard dental implants, but they are not as strong. Mini implants do well in stabilizing dentures, but even when used for that purpose, they don’t secure dentures as well as standard-sized implants.

Over time, mini implants are unable to withstand the day-to-day biting force and chewing that they would be subject to for individual teeth.

If you haven’t done so already, consider speaking with an implant dentist about dental implants. The dentist will likely offer financing or payment plans to make the implants more affordable. As an alternative to dental implants, a dentist who is also skilled in cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a natural-looking dental bridge.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.