Many years ago, a denture or implant was the only way to replace missing teeth. Although neither are bad treatment options, not everyone is a candidate for conventional dental implants. Some people opt for dentures but then find they are unstable, making it difficult to chew or speak. If you’re one of the millions of people who are missing teeth, you now have a third option: mini dental implants. You might have heard about the expense of traditional implants, so how much do mini dental implants cost?
Mini Dental Implants: Another Solution for Missing Teeth
Mini dental implants are titanium posts inserted into the jawbone. The implant stands in for a missing tooth root and provides a stable base for one or more tooth replacements. Many dentists use them to secure a set of dentures, making it easier for the patient to chew and speak naturally.
The titanium post has a ball-shaped protrusion sticking out of the top. The tooth replacement or dentures are securely attached to the top with a rubber O-ring.
Proceeding with Mini Dental Implants
Most surgeries or dental procedures are completed with the hopes of improving your oral health. But that’s often not the only benefit. Advantages of mini dental implants include:
- A more aesthetically pleasing smile
- Less invasive than traditional implant placement
- Shorter healing time
- No bone grafting required
- Reduction of bone loss and facial collapse
Mini dental implants cost less than traditional implants, and the process can be completed in fewer visits.
Factors Influencing Mini Dental Implants Cost
Traditional implants can cost a significant amount of money. Mini dental implant costs are lower — approximately half as much as conventional implants or even less. However, the final price may change based on the following factors:
- Your town’s cost of living
- The experience of your treating dentist
- Preimplant procedures, such as extractions
- Materials used to fabricate the replacement teeth or dentures
The cost of your final treatment plan will increase if you need additional procedures, like periodontal treatment. Your treating dentist will discuss these factors with you during your consultation.
The Durability of Mini Dental Implants
Like traditional dental implants, mini implants are a permanent restoration that replaces missing teeth or stabilizes a denture. However, their smaller size makes them less resistant than conventional implants to the daily forces of biting and chewing.
During your consultation, your dentist will ask the following questions to determine whether you are a good candidate for mini dental implants:
- Do you have existing untreated gum disease?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you have a proper home care routine?
- Do you use alcohol or drugs excessively?
- Do you take medications or have other general health issues?
Patients with osteoporosis may have less success with mini dental implants due to their weakened bone structure.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
Dr. Diana Rodriguez of Diana Rodriguez & Associates is an experienced implant dentist ready to give you a free consultation. We’ll help you decide whether mini dental implants are suitable for replacing your teeth. Contact our office today and schedule your appointment!