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A new technology known as mini-implants could provide a simpler and less expensive way to achieve the same effects as traditional dental implants, it has been claimed.
Dr Jack DeGrado of the Stamford Dental Group told the Stamford Times that the new procedure requires patients to go in for only one surgery, while the previous method could take up to six months.
The mini-implants are placed into the jawbone under the gum and attached to dentures, just like dental implants, but they are one-third the size.
Dr DeGrado explained that the new technology is "really cost-effective", adding that this issue "is really important because some patients really need dentures and don't know where to turn to if they can't afford them".
He added that people who use mini-implants do not have to eliminate certain foods from their diet, unlike those using dental implants.
Recently, dental specialist Dr Spector told Dental Economics that patients looking for dental implants should first be educated about all of their options.
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