Friday, October 10, 2014

Have Questions? Call For A Free Consultation

Our office advertises free a consultation  about implants in order to let prospective patients get acquainted with us without any obligation.  

At the consultation appointment we meet the interested individual, answer their questions and are able to provide all the information that the person needs in order to make an educated decision about dental implants in a relaxed, no pressure environment.

Recently we had someone ask  this question about mini dental implants:
"Dr. Boudet, I have only a few teeth left in the front of my lower jaw and they are not very pretty to look at. Also some of them are loose.  Can I have them extracted and place mini implants to help hold a denture?"
This is a very good question and the answer deserves an explanation.
Mini implants are very appealing for several reasons;  the first one is price.  They are about half the cost of regular implants.  The next reason is that they are normally placed without surgery.  The most common reason to place mini implants is to help hold a lower denture in persons that have a loose denture.

In this particular person’s case, when the teeth are extracted, the roots will leave a hole in the bone the size of the extracted roots, This means that mini implants (which are about the width of a toothpick) would not have any bone where they could be placed until several months after the extractions, when the patient has healed and new bone has formed in those extraction sockets.
In this diagram you can see the size of the mini implant compared to the size of the root socket.
So in the case of a person that has had recent extractions, as you can see in the diagram, the only choice is to place regular diameter implants in the extraction sockets, or wait about six months for the bone to grow in the extraction sockets.
If you have any questions or would like more information about implants, please call our office at (561) 968 6022 and we would be delighted to help you.

Dentist in West Palm Beach, Florida
Carlos Boudet, DDS DICOI
1840 Forest hill Blvd, Suite 204
West Plam Beach, Florida.  33406

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