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Questions and Answers about the 3M™ Denture Attachment System

Questions:


What is the 3M Denture Attachment System?
Who is it good for?
How exactly does it work?
Where and how do I get it?
Is the procedure to place the 3M Dental Attachment System painful?
Will I have pain after the procedure?
How long does the procedure take?
What will my first day feel like?
What about care and maintenance?
How long will the 3M Denture Attachment System last?
What is the cost?
Is the 3M Denture Attachment System covered by my insurance?
Is this an experimental or new system?
Sounds amazing. So what’s the catch?

Answers:


What is the 3M Denture Attachment System?

This is a revolutionary way to attach your current dentures--using mini dental implants — that requires no messy pastes or adhesives. Dentures snap out, they snap in, they stay put.
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Who is it good for?

  • Anyone with upper, lower or partial dentures!
  • Anyone tired of dealing with messy pastes or adhesives
  • Anyone unsatisfied with the instability of their current dentures
  • Anyone intimidated by the cost and painful recovery of full-size implants
  • Those without enough bone to allow for full-size implants

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How exactly does it work?

Miniature posts placed in your gums snap into O-ring receptacles embedded in your current dentures. This mini dental implant (MDI) system attaches your dentures securely in place while allowing them to be quickly and easily snapped out and in.
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Where and how do I get it?

A certified dentist performs a simple procedure that usually takes a single appointment that lasts less than two hours under local anesthetic. People are often eating normally again the very next day.
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Is the procedure to place the 3M Dental Attachment System painful?

No, these mini dental implants (MDI) are typically placed in a single appointment lasting less than two hours with only local anesthetic. Unlike conventional full-size implants, these are usually placed without even making an incision in the gum.
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Will I have pain after the procedure?

You should feel little discomfort, if any, after placement. Generally, any discomfort will go away within 48 hours. Over the counter pain relievers are usually adequate. If needed, your dentist can prescribe pain medication that, taken as directed, will control discomfort.
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How long does the procedure take?

It typically takes just a single appointment lasting 1 ½ to 2 hours to complete the procedure. Your dentist can walk you through exactly what to expect from the procedure.
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What will my first day feel like?

Your dentures will feel stable and secure, though there may be some mild discomfort. You may eat when you’re hungry, but avoid excessively hard or sticky foods for a period of time recommended by your dentist.
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What about care and maintenance?

You should rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash any time you remove your dentures. We recommend the ACCESS™ toothbrush for brushing and cleaning your implants and the O-ring receptacles in your dentures. In addition, ultrasonic cleaners are ideal for ensuring that the O-ring receptacles are free from debris.

Either mouthwash or 50-50 peroxide-water mixes are good solutions for the ultrasonic cleaner. You can also use a Waterpik® to rinse out the implants and receptacles. Do not use effervescent cleaners, as they might cause the O-rings in the receptacles to deteriorate.

If the dentures do not remain securely in place, contact your dentist. He or she will perform the appropriate checkup and determine the condition and maintenance of your gums, implants, and O-ring receptacles in your dentures. More information can be found in the Patient Home Care Flyer (PDF, 1.6MB)
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How long will the 3M Denture Attachment System last?

This system can last as long as full-size implants if cared for properly. Regular visits to your dentist are recommended for long-term success.
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What is the cost?

The 3M Denture Attachment System comes at a fraction of the cost of full-size implants. Typically, the cost ranges from $2,800 to $5,000*. Compare that to conventional full-size implants — which can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $30,000.* Insurance may cover some of the cost**, and many dentists even offer no-or-low interest payment plans.
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*Prices will vary by type of case and location. Based on a mandibular denture case.
**Insurance coverage varies widely. Check with your insurance company.


Is the 3M Denture Attachment System covered by my insurance?

As with most elective dental procedures, insurance coverage varies widely. Check with your insurance company. If your insurance company does not cover dental implants, ask your dentist about no-or-low interest payment plan options.
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Is this an experimental or new system?

No. This system was developed over ten years ago and thousands of people all over the country have experienced its lasting rewards. Now it’s your turn.
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Sounds amazing. So what’s the catch?

There isn’t a catch! On the first day you may have some mild discomfort and you may need to avoid excessively hard or sticky foods. Over the counter pain medication will usually suffice, and any discomfort will go away within 48 hours.

Also, regular visits to your dentist will help ensure that your 3M Denture Attachment System continues to work well for you. Over time your dentist may need to replace the O-rings in your dentures to help them work as well as they should. Otherwise, with proper care and maintenance this system will last as long as full-size implants.

As with all dental implants, there is a risk the implant will not osseintegrate and there is the potential for fracture of the implant. Not all patients will have suitable bone structure/type to qualify as a candidate for this procedure. Only a certified dentist can confirm whether or not you are a candidate. Find a dentist near you and schedule a consultation today.
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