Mini Implants FAQ

Here are some questions and answers about mini implants that have been asked by our patients. If you have any questions that are not answered here, give us a call on 201-659-7000.

Who is a candidate?

A large majority of denture wearers or those who will need dentures shortly are candidates for mini implants. About nine out of ten denture wearers have problems with their dentures and would greatly benefit from having this done.

Is the procedure painful?

Local anesthetic is used during the short procedure and the gum tissue does not have to be cut open and sutured up. So it is relatively non-invasive and the patient feels nothing during the procedure itself. Some have a day of slight soreness afterwards.

Will these implants stop my gums from shrinking?

Yes. Bone resorption and gum shrinkage slows down when teeth or implants stimulate the bone appropriately and when the denture does not continually move around against the gums to cause sore spots.

Will my insurance cover the procedure?

Some insurance companies cover implants, but most do not. Dentures and relines are usually covered. We will review your insurance policy with you to see what is actually covered.

Why are these less expensive than other implant procedures?

This is made possible by the much simpler surgical and prosthetic components. Similar techniques with other implants involve two stages of surgery and months of healing. The minimally invasive surgery of mini implant placement is completed in less than a half hour. Adapting the denture takes about a half hour as well. Fewer components and procedures are needed, a significant cost-savings, and this is passed on to the patient.

What is the healing time?

Since this is a relatively non-invasive procedure, there is no actual healing time. After placement of the implants, the denture is immediately adapted to them. Normal functions can be resumed right away.

Will I be able to eat normal foods again?

Yes. There will be excellent retention of the denture by the implants. Most patients are able to eat normal foods within a very short period.

Do I need to remove my dentures at night?

Traditionally, in order to alleviate the soreness caused by a moving denture, patients have been instructed to remove their dentures every night and place them in a container of water by their bed to allow their gum tissue to rest. However, patients who have taken advantage of this procedure do not have to remove their dentures at night at all.