Debating between implants and other potential treatments? Consider the long term price.
Though mini implants may seem like a cheaper option in the beginning, they come with a costly long-term price.
The cost of a mini implant can range from around $500 to $1,500 per tooth. Though the initial cost for mini implants may be enticing, the long-term cost can prove to be much greater than traditional dental implants. Though they are made of the same materials as dental implants, mini implants are attractive because they require a shorter surgery and no bone grafting, and they have a smaller diameter than regular implants. However, some dangers that come with mini implants are:
- Mini implants are able to withstand only a fraction of the pressure of a traditional implant. With a significantly lower bite force tolerance than regular implants, mini implants are prone to bending or breaking.
- You will need to have enough jaw bone to hold the implant.
- Implants that are not correctly placed in and bonded with your jaw have a greater risk of falling out. Because of mini implants’ smaller diameters, they are more prone to slipping out and breaking.
- Mini implants do not anchor your jaw the way traditional implants do.
With the eventual need for further tooth replacement and even possible permanent damage to your jaw, mini implants add up to be more of a hassle than they are worth. Traditional dental implants are a true long-term solution. The procedure may be longer, but it is worth it to have a stronger smile that will last the rest of your life. Traditional implants will bond with your bone and stand up to the impact of chewing. They anchor your jaw and keep it from deteriorating over time.