Mini Dental Implants offer a minimally invasive treatment solution for loose dentures. They are suitable for patients who cannot afford or tolerate conventional implants.
Denture stabilisation can have a dramatically positive effect on your quality of life. Imagine being able to eat, drink and laugh with confidence, without fear of your denture moving or falling out. No more embarrassing social situations or limitations on the foods you can enjoy.
This simple, permanent and highly successful one-hour dental procedure means you can now choose everything on the menu!
Treatment typically starts from around £1,500 per denture.
- Takes less than two hours
- Minimally-Invasive Procedure
- Often no grafting necessary
- Immediate Load
- Very cost-effective for the dental practice
- Very affordable for denture patients
Will having denture stabilisation affect my appearance?
Yes, this can have a positive effect on your appearance. When wearing an unstabilised denture, there is no stimulation of the bone and it can shrink away, altering the shape of the face and leading to ‘sunken’ cheeks, lips and jaw line.
When denture stabilisation is carried out, it helps to keep the bone intact and hence can prevent both bone loss and gum tissue shrinkage. Patients often comment favourably on the impact of the procedure on their facial appearance.
Will having denture stablisation enable me to eat a wider range of foods?
Yes. Patients with an unstabilised denture often find it difficult to eat hard, tough and sticky foods such as steak, apples, corn on the cob and toffee. Not only is it difficult to bite and chew these foods, but the denture can move and fall out of the mouth, causing inconvenience and embarrassment.
Because denture stabilisation is a permanent procedure which holds the dentures firmly in place, patients can eat a much wider range of foods types and textures with confidence.
Will denture stabilisation have any effect on my sense of taste?
Yes, it can have a positive effect if you wear an upper denture with a palate covering the roof of your mouth. Although the palate helps to keep an upper denture in place, having it covered reduces the perception of taste.
When denture stabilisation is carried out on an upper denture, the palate can often be removed. This exposes the taste buds, enabling you to experience the full flavour of the foods you can now eat.
How soon after treatment can I eat and drink?
You can eat as soon as you wish to after treatment. Your dentist will advise whether you need to avoid hard, tough and sticky foods for a short period of time.
How much does denture stabilisation with mini dental implants cost?
Every patient is different and the cost of treatment may vary for a number of reasons, including the number of mini dental implants required, whether you are having one or both dentures stabilised and whether any follow-up visits are required.
Treatment typically starts from around £1500* per denture.
This compares favourably with other methods of denture stabilisation. It should be remembered that you will no longer need to buy denture fixative cream every month.
Are there any additional costs once my denture(s) has been stabilised?
Your dentist will advise how often your stabilised denture(s) needs to be checked, which is usually annually. Small rubber components may need to be periodically replaced due to wear and tear. There will be a small charge for this, typically around £20*, together with the cost of your check up.
Can I have this treatment carried out on the NHS?
Denture stabilisation with dental implants is a private procedure, and it is not possible to have it carried out on the NHS.
Do I need to buy a new set of dentures?
No, in the vast majority of cases, the treatment is compatible with your existing denture(s).
If your denture(s) is very old and worn, you may need to purchase a new one which will be customised to fit your mini dental implants. Your dentist will advise whether this is required and the cost.
I’ve lost my denture(s). Will my replacement denture(s) fit my mini dental implants?
Yes. Your dentist will take an impression of the mini dental implants in your mouth, and your replacement denture(s) will be manufactured with the fittings in place.
Is denture stabilisation with mini dental implants suitable for every denture wearer?
Most denture wearers can have this procedure carried out quickly and easily. However, if your bone is very hard or very soft, you may not be suitable for treatment. Your dentist will advise you about this.
I’m a smoker – am I suitable for treatment?
Smoking is known to have a negative impact on the condition of gum tissue and bone. Your dentist will carry out a thorough inspection of your mouth to assess your suitability for treatment.
I only have a partial denture – can I still have the procedure carried out?
In most cases yes, although it will be influenced by the position of your partial denture. Your dentist will advise whether you are suitable for treatment.
What material are mini dental implants made of?
3M mini dental implants are made from titanium, a metal which is highly compatible with the body and used in a wide range of implantable medical devices. All of the components are latex-free.
Who will carry out the denture stabilisation procedure?
The procedure will be carried out by a implantologist, oral surgeon or by a dentist who has completed our in-depth training course.
How long does it take to fit mini dental implants?
Typically for a lower denture, the procedure takes around an hour. An upper denture requires two hour-long appointments, carried out two to three months apart. During this period, your upper denture will be held in place by a temporary relining material.
Can I have an upper and lower denture stabilised at the same time?
Will I require an anaesthetic during treatment?
Your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic prior to starting the procedure, which will ensure pain-free treatment. The numbness of the anaesthetic will wear off after around 90 minutes.
I want to have denture stabilisation but I am very nervous of treatment. Can it be performed under a general anaesthetic?
Yes, if this is your choice. The procedure may need to be carried out in hospital although some dental practices offer general anaesthesia at an additional cost.
What can I expect to feel like after the procedure has been completed?
Every patient is different, but you should expect some mild discomfort and soreness for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist will prescribe appropriate pain relief.
Often the soreness is caused by your denture now fitting properly which your gums are not used to. Your dentist can easily adjust your denture to overcome this.
Will I experience any bleeding after treatment?
Bleeding is unlikely after treatment, but if it does occur, it is usually minimal.
Is any special after-care of my denture(s) required?
You should brush and clean the implants as you would your normal teeth (i.e. at least twice daily) to remove food and plaque.You should also follow your normal denture cleaning regime.
How easy is it to remove and replace my denture(s) after stabilisation?
You should have every confidence that your denture(s) will stay securely in place until you wish to remove it. You should leave it in place for the first 48 hours after treatment. To remove, place your thumb or forefinger either side of the denture and firmly push forward. To replace, grasp the denture with both hands and rest it against the implants to ensure alignment, then press firmly on both sides. You will feel the denture snap into place.
Will denture stabilisation have any effect on my speech?
Ill-fitting dentures can have a negative impact on speech and confidence, as denture wearers often limit their range of mouth movements for fear of the denture coming out. As denture stabilisation holds the denture(s) securely in place, patients can laugh and talk with confidence. Denture stabilisation should not cause any speech impediment.