Tooth loss is a common malady which can be corrected by a variety of artificial tooth replacement options. Dental Implants are the most aesthetic and sought after replacement option. There are various dental implant options available these days. Mini dental implants are a recent and popular form of dental implants.
Mini dental implants are miniature forms of the conventional dental implant and there are a few other ways it differs from the traditional dental implant. Let’s take a look at how these work, how it differs from the conventional implant and whether it’s a suitable tooth replacement option.
What are Mini Dental Implants used for?
Mini dental implants were originally intended to provide support for dentures in the lower jaw. Although, they are now used for various other reasons such as for tooth replacement, support for a denture remains the most common use for a mini dental implant. This is known as denture stabilization in which the denture snaps on over the mini dental implant.
Mini Dental Implants VS Conventional dental implants
The obvious difference between the two is in size as suggested by the name. A mini dental implant is smaller and narrower than a traditional implant. The mini dental implant surgery is not as invasive, time consuming and heals rapidly when compared to a conventional dental implant. A great advantage with mini dental implants is their ability to fit in to narrower areas in which a traditional dental implant will not fit.The success rate of mini dental implants is less when compared to a traditional dental implant.
Cost of mini dental implants
The exact cost of a mini dental implant is variable and depends on several factors such as the difficulty of the case, qualification and experience of the dentist, the implant used etc.
However, a mini dental implant costs much less than a conventional one. Mini implants can cost up to 60% less than conventional ones. With insurance companies willing to cover a majority of cost of dental work, mini dental implants have become affordable for the average Joe.