Dental implants are an extremely effective, permanent tooth replacement option. Mini-dental implants work just like full-sized implants, completely replacing a missing tooth including the root and crown. They provide the bite strength and appearance of a natural tooth and preserve the bone structure of the jaw. And they’re designed to last a lifetime.
While regular dental implants are approximately 3.4 to 5.8 millimeters in diameter, mini implants are significantly smaller, only about the thickness of a toothpick. Here’s more about the differences between these two types of implants.
There are a range of implant types from single tooth replacements to mini-implants and all-on-four implants. Each type is made for a specific use, whether to replace one or many missing teeth.
Regardless of the type of implant, they are all made of three different parts: the artificial tooth root - the base for the replacement tooth; a metal frame attached to the base, which is called an abutment, and is designed to hold an artificial tooth; and the artificial tooth itself. All-on-four implants replace a full upper or lower arch of your teeth by using four implants for support.
How Mini Dental Implants are Different from Full Sized Implants
Placing mini dental implants is a minimally invasive procedure. In fact, it often requires only local anesthetic and no sutures. They can frequently be placed along with the final replacement tooth in just one day.
And, like regular implants, mini dental implants are equally long-lasting. Yet, with a density of under 3 millimeters, they’re smaller and more easily placed. At times, small spaces or inadequate bone mass in the jaw may prevent the use of traditional implants. They can also be used for children with congenitally missing teeth. And, there are times when minimally invasive techniques are required due to health.
So How Long Do Mini Dental Implants Last?
Both dental implants and mini dental implants are considered permanent. Why? Because both bonds directly with the surrounding tissue of the jawbone, through a process called osseointegration. This connects the implant to the bone, making a strong foundation for the crown.
But how long an implant lasts depends on the type of implant, where it’s placed, your health, and habits.
Made of incredibly durable titanium alloy, the fixture and abutment typically last more than 15 years, as scientific research has shown. 91% of implants stay healthy not only in this time frame and far longer.
Is there a Difference in Cost Between Full and Mini Dental Implant Procedures?
While there are less expensive alternatives for implants overall, a dental implant is the highest quality and longest lasting option available. Mini dental implants cost less than full-sized implants, depending on the number of teeth to be replaced, preparation procedures, and any need to handle existing issues with gum disease or jawbone density. Sedation can also affect cost; typically, topical sedation should be enough for a mini dental implant placement, but if you’re nervous about the procedure, or require sedation for a full implant, this will affect cost as well.
Will Dental Insurance Cover Implants?
Some dental insurance will cover dental implants and some won’t. We are happy to work with you to find out what your insurance company provides, as well as providing effective financing options.
Are You Ready to Schedule an Appointment for an Implant?
Overall, you’ll find there’s no better replacement for missing teeth than a long-lasting implant or mini dental implant, from an experienced dentist. So, if you’re ready to learn more, schedule a consultation on what type of implant is right for you, or just request an appointment, reach out to us today for the best in dental care!