Mini Dental Implants Cost Comparison
Debating between traditional dental implants, mini implants, and other potential treatments ? Consider the long-term price.
How much does a mini dental implant cost ? 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.
First, let’s explore the differences between traditional and mini implants:
What is a Traditional Dental Implant ?
Dental implants are metal rods (typically made of titanium) that mimic artificial tooth roots. They are permanently anchored to the jaw bone and topped with a crown or bridge of artificial teeth. Since a traditional dental implant is firmly anchored to the jaw and has a larger diameter than a mini implant, it is far more likely to withstand pressure from biting and chewing. Traditional dental implants remain the most common type of dental implant treatment and are an excellent alternative to dentures, partials, and bridges.
What is a Mini Dental Implant?
Mini implants are attractive to dental implant candidates because they are often made of the same materials as traditional implants but with a lower initial cost. They require a shorter surgery and no bone grafting. According to an article from Colgate, a traditional dental implant is typically 3.4-5.8 mm wide while a mini dental implant is 1.8-3.3 mm in diameter and shorter in length. Mini implants have a smaller diameter than the traditional option, but this is not necessarily a benefit; they are unable to withstand as much vertical force compared to traditional implants.
Mini implants may seem like a cheaper option upfront, but they come with a costly long-term price.
Disadvantages of Mini Dental Implants
- Mini dental 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. The smaller diameter of a mini implant makes it 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 dental implants add up to be more of a hassle than they are worth. We do not offer mini implants at EON Clinics, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a provider that does, because mini implants are not as reliable as other options.
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.
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