Dentist in Salt Lake City, Dr. Brigham Stoker DDS, 144 South 700 East, Suite 2, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 |801.505.6850|

Mini Dental Implants

You have found your mini implant dentist in Salt Lake City!  Mini dental implants are just awesome. Although their use is limited mainly to stabilizing loose full dentures or improving retention of partial dentures, they do their job incredibly well. They can also be used to replace single missing teeth in certain circumstances. Historically, mini dental implants started out as temporary implants, placed by dentists while they were waiting for the regular sized implants to heal completely.  After a while they started noticing that is was very difficult to remove the mini implants when the time came because they had integrated so well with the bone!

Stabilizing Full Dentures with Mini Implants:

This is by far the most useful application of mini dental implants.  If you have a bottom denture that you hate (most denture wearers do) that won’t stay put, your life will change with mini dental implant placement.  The procedure can be done in a single dental visit in about an hour, using your existing denture (a new denture does not have to be made!).  The mini implants are placed with local anesthetic only, and most patients report little to no pain during or after the procedure.  And the mini dental implant cost is a lot less than you might expect.  They make such a big difference in a denture wearers experience that when I am making a new set of full dentures for any patient, I bundle in the mini implants in at as low a cost as possible to increase patient satisfaction.

Lavern's Mini Dental Implants

Mini Dental Implants Stabilized Lavern's Bottom Denture

Lavern came to us needing a full bottom denture. She already had a full upper denture, and the teeth she had left securing her lower partial denture had become infected and needed to be removed. We made her a beautiful new lower denture, but she noticed it didn’t have the same retention her upper denture had (bottom dentures never do!). We placed 4 mini implants in one appointment and then modified the denture to snap securely onto them. She was thrilled when she found it was actually a little bit difficult to now remove her bottom denture!

She'll never wear denture adhesives again!