When a smaller than average implant is needed to fit into a narrow space, mini dental implants are considered the ideal alternative. Mini dental implants are also deemed the best option to replace incisors or those with small teeth.
When are mini dental implants typically used?
Mini dental implants are often considered the best option in specific cases. In other words, they are not necessarily an option people who just prefer having smaller implants can have. The following are some of the scenarios that may merit the use of mini dental implants:
- If the patient has small teeth
- If the front teeth needs to be replaced
- If the premolar needs to be replaced
- If teeth located in a narrow space needs to be replaced
How long do they usually last?
Unlike their traditional counterpart, the longevity of mini dental implants will vary depending on several key factors including:
- If the patient smokes or not
- If the patient is suffering from osteoporosis or bone conditions
- If the patient observes proper implant care
- If the patient abuses alcohol or illegal substances
It is also important to note that every mouth is different. That being said, two individuals can get the same implant done by the same dentist and they most likely will have different experiences in terms of implant longevity.
How much will mini dental implants cost?
In essence, mini dental implants will cost less compared to traditional implants. On average, a mini dental implant can cost around $500 to $1, 500. A traditional implant on the other hand can cost as much as $4, 000 to $5, 000.
Why are mini dental implants cheaper than the traditional ones?
Aside from the fact that they are smaller (and therefore cheaper), mini dental implants also cost less because:
The procedure is simpler. The process of inserting mini dental implants is less time-consuming and less invasive compared to the traditional ones. Less effort and time spent will also often mean less cost.
The screws are more affordable. Since smaller screws are used in mini dental implants, they are also cheaper compared to the traditional and larger ones.
No bone grafting is required. Oftentimes, mini dental implants won’t require bone grafting. One less step can also mean less money spent.
It is important to note that just because mini dental implants are smaller, it does not mean they are inferior compared to the traditional ones. If anything, it is nothing more than a different process for a specific situation.
What are the primary differences between mini and traditional implants?
For starters, mini dental implants are half the diameter of traditional implants. In other words, it would take at least two mini dental implants to provide the level of support a single dental implant can provide.
While this may sound like a major downside, such is not always the case. In some instances, using a mini dental implant is the best option available (i.e. the space is small and only a mini dental implant will fit).
A traditional implant is made of two pieces and has an external screw. The diameter is also larger than 3mm. Mini dental implants on the other hand is a solid piece that is screwed into the bone and is less than 3mm in diameter.