Changing Lives for Senior Patients

 

It is estimated that over 35 million people in the US are fully edentulous*, and this figure is projected to grow as the baby boomer generation ages. As dentists know, traditional dentures are not an ideal solution for many of these patients. The insecurity and loss of function denture patients experience can be very depressing. There is growing concern about zinc in denture adhesives causing neurological disorders due to over-use**. In addition, the expense of traditional implants to stabilize dentures keeps many patients from pursuing that treatment.

You may have heard of mini dental implants—MDIs—which offer an interesting alternative to traditional implants. MDIs can be placed in a procedure that lasts about one hour, and often they are able to be immediately loaded, which means that denture patients can walk out of the office transformed. This treatment is typically a fraction of the cost of traditional implant treatment, making it much more affordable for patients on fixed incomes.

For dentists, the truly great thing about MDIs is that the procedure is taught in one day seminars, making it very simple for dentists to incorporate into practice. If you have denture patients who are putting up with instability, I encourage you to look into an MDI seminar. It’s rare in dentistry to find a service that can change patients’ lives so dramatically in one hour, but if you’ve ever spoken to an MDI patient, you know what an impact this treatment can make.

Sources:

* Douglass CW, Shih A, Ostry L. “Will there be a need for complete dentures in the United States in 2020?” J Prosthet Dent. 2002; 87:5-8.
**Patel A, Bashirelahi N. What every dentist should know about zinc. Gen Dent. 2011 May/June; 59(3)

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2 comments so far

  1. Diana Oswald on

    Yes, indeed. All good things come to those who wait 🙂

  2. Matt on

    Those one-hour implants sure sound like a good plan for those looking forward to smile again after a visit to the dentist.


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