Traditional dental implants are generally four to five millimeters in size. In order for these implants to be effective, your jaw must have sufficient width and depth to support them. When your jaw lacks sufficient density, Phoenix dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox may recommend mini dental implants. While smaller in diameter, mini dental implants are still inserted directly into your jaw, making them a more secure option than adhesives or adjacent teeth, and allowing them to help prevent structural changes to your jaw. Implant Supported Dentures In many instances, mini implants are used to secure dentures. As opposed to adhesives which can become unstuck and allow dentures to slip or fall out, implant supported dentures stay securely in place. In addition, the use of implants guards against minerals being absorbed into the jaw, helping prevent changes to your facial structure. Dr. Wilcox offers two types of implant supported dentures:
- Bar retained – for full dentures supported by mini implants placed at intervals
- Ball retained – for partial dentures supported by single implants
The type of implant supported denture best for you will be determined by Dr. Wilcox during your initial consultation. If you are looking for a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth in the Phoenix, Arizona area, please contact Desert Smiles to schedule a dental implant consultation today.