Let’s get something straight: just because something is smaller, it does not mean it is any less good. The same holds true for mini dental implants. Mini dental implants are often used when the space is way too small for a traditional dental implant to fit into. In most cases, mini dental implants are used to replace incisors. It is also an option for those individuals with really small teeth.
When are mini dental implants often used?
Mini dental implants are often used in the following scenarios:
- Replacement for small teeth
- Replacement for front teeth
- Replacement for premolars
- Replacement for teeth situated in a narrow space
How are mini dental implants different from traditional dental implants?
Traditional implants are made up of two pieces and comes with an external screw that goes into the bone. The diameter is often larger than 3mm. Mini dental implants on the other hand are one solid piece that is screwed into the bone. The diameter is smaller than 3mm.
Inside a traditional dental implant is a thread that is compatible with several types of dentures. Mini dental implants have a ball-shaped protrusion on its top which helps support the dentures. In most cases, the denture comes with a rubber O-ring that will slide over the ball-shaped part.
How long do mini dental implants last?
The lifespan of mini dental implants can vary and will depend on some key factors. Some of the key factors include:
- Osteoporosis (or other bone diseases)
- Lack of implant care
- Substance or alcohol abuse
How much will mini dental implants cost?
In general, mini dental implants cost way lower than traditional implants. The average price of mini dental implants can range from $500 to $1, 500. A traditional implant’s cost on the other hand can range between $4, 000 to $6, 000.
Mini dental implants cost way lower than traditional implants because the screw used is much cheaper compared to the screw used for traditional implants. In addition, compared to traditional implants, the process is also less invasive and less time-consuming since no surgery is required. That means less time, effort, and money spent.
What can you expect after the procedure?
After the mini dental implants are inserted, patients might feel some discomfort. It is reassuring to know however that this is often normal and can be remedied through recommended pain medications prescribed by the dentist.
How should one care for their mini dental implants?
If you have mini dental implants, it would be helpful to take only small bites and avoid hard and sticky foods. Also, it is important to look after your mini dental implants from the very beginning.
Remove the denture daily and clean the implant area as well as the O-ring with toothpaste and a cotton swab. You can also rinse with mouthwash. Brushing gently around the empty space using a denture brush is also recommended.
While looking after your mini dental implants can seem complicated, it becomes second nature once you get the hang of it.