Cost of Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants (also called small diameter implants) are much like traditional dental implants in many ways. However, there are some distinct differences between normal implants and traditional implants. Both regular implants and mini dental implants offer the benefit of replacing missing teeth without being as prone to shifting in patients’ mouths while eating or talking, but the choice between what type of implant will be best for you will depend largely on your specific needs.
Regular Dental Implants
With regular dental implants, the post (or implant screw) is much thicker. This post is surgically implanted into the jawbone, a procedure that’s reasonably invasive. But even though the procedure for getting regular implants tends to take longer and be considerably more costly than getting mini dental implants, the extra time and cost could be well worth it depending on the specific patient.
Regular implants usually last much longer than mini implants and are far more stable while you chew. Once a crown is attached to a regular dental implant, it should feel just as stable as a natural tooth.
The downside is that not all patients are able to get dental implants, either because of the cost or because their bone density isn’t adequate to support the implant. Most good dentists will refuse to place implants when a patient’s jawbone density is insufficient, as such implants are likely to just fall out again. Additionally, implants done on proper candidates will stimulate bone growth, while implants done on bad candidates often have the opposite effect.
Mini Dental Implants
While they aren’t always the better option, mini dental implants can offer many benefits over regular ones. With mini dental implants, the screw that’s inserted into the jaw is a lot narrower. The procedure for inserting the implant screw is also less invasive, and the implant is inserted into the gums without any invasive surgery required.
Not only are mini dental implants much more cost effective, they also offer an alternative to regular dentures or bridges to some patients that are unable to have regular implants done. This is because mini implants don’t require as much support as regular implants.
But unfortunately, mini dental implants also don’t provide the same level of stability as regular implants. And because the procedure is still relatively new, the longevity of mini implants has yet to be studied properly. While it’s certain that these implants can last for many years, it’s uncertain how well they’ll last compared to regular implants.
Furthermore, it’s possible for a patient to have insufficient jawbone density to support even mini dental implants. It should be noted that, even though the procedure hasn’t been in wide use as many others, mini dental implants are approved by the FDA and don’t pose any harm to patients.
There are many cases where mini implants prove to be an ideal alternative. Mini implants can be used to support loose dental bridges or dentures. They also make for a good alternative when a patient wants to replace a missing tooth in an area where limited space could make placing a post for a regular implant challenging.
Average Cost of Mini Dental Implants
As with many other dental procedures, there are variables that could cause the price of mini dental implants to differ depending on the dental practice and the individual patient’s needs. Disregarding additional procedures that could add the the price, a single mini dental implant can cost between $500 to $1500 for the implant itself. When 4 to 6 implants are placed to support lower dentures, the cost can be anywhere between $2000 to $5000.
This compares well to the cost of regular implants, which can cost between $3000 and $6000 for a single tooth and $12,000 to $30,000 for implants that support lower dentures.
If you’re considering to get implants or mini dental implants, but feel concerned about the price, you could find out about getting a CareCredit card to pay for dental procedures in affordable monthly installments. With your CareCredit card, you’ll be able to pay for dental procedures at dental practices listed with the company.
Dr. Stone allows his patients to pay for procedures using a CareCredit card. He’s been working as dentist for more than thirty years and specializes in dental implants, veneers and other prosthetic dental procedures. Feel free to make an appointment (a consultation is FREE) if you want find out more about getting dental implants.