If you have lost all your teeth there are a variety dental implant treatments available. Dental implants can be used to stabilize a denture and minimize future bone loss. Dental implants vary in shape, size, design and application. One treatment option involves the use of small diameter dental implants. Small diameter implants may be placed in a single visit. The treatment commonly requires four to six implants to provide adequate support to stabilize a denture. The top portions of the implants remain above the gums and are specially designed so that a modified denture can snap securely into place over all the implants. The denture can be easily removed and reattached by the patient for regular cleanings. Over time if there are no tooth roots to stimulate the bone the jaw will begin to shrink. The jawbone may now be too thin to accept the placement of a full size of a dental implant. In this case the use of small diameter implants may be the answer because less bone is required. Small diameter implants are commonly used in cases where severe bone loss has occurred and when extensive bone grafting is not possible or desirable. Implant supported dentures are a more comfortable, and stable treatment option compared to old fashioned dentures.