Mini implants are about half the size of traditional dental implants. This makes them more economical and mini implants can do things that regular implants can’t.
The benefits of mini implants include:
A common use for mini implants is to secure your dentures in place. Dentures that slide around when you’re speaking and eating can make you feel embarrassed in public.
Implant-supported dentures are much more effective, providing enhanced chewing power so you can eat your favorite foods. You also have the option of getting snap-on implant-supported dentures that are removable for easy cleaning.
The mini implant process is similar to the regular dental implant process, but they can often be placed in one appointment instead of two.
Bone grafting is a supplemental procedure that’s commonly recommended in situations where there’s not as much available bone mass. But in many cases, mini dental implants allow Dr. Leitner to avoid bone grafting. They’re also more effective for immediate load placement, allowing you to restore a missing tooth in just one day.
Whether you’re considering mini implants to replace a tooth or to secure your dentures, Dr. Leitner can help. At your consultation, he’ll help you find the tooth replacement option that suits you best.
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Though most patients qualify for mini dental implants, the best candidates are patients who have sufficient oral health and lack sufficient bone density for traditional dental implants. Ideal candidates also have one or more missing teeth, and have been wearing dentures for long periods of time. If you’re interested in mini dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Leitner and we’ll determine your eligibility.
The average cost of a mini dental implant can range anywhere from $500 to $1,500 per implant. Most insurance companies consider implant procedures to be cosmetic, so they typically won’t cover these types of services. However, we highly suggest that you contact your provider for detailed information on your coverage prior to your consultation.
Before your procedure, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the implant process. Patients often report feeling little to no discomfort following the procedure. However, Dr. Leitner recommends taking an over-the-counter medication, like Ibuprofen, and applying a cold compress to help manage any pain or discomfort.
The mini dental implant process is quick, minimally invasive, and requires a shorter recovery time than traditional dental implants. In most cases, you should be able to return to your everyday lifestyle the following day. Swelling should diminish after 48 hours, and after five to seven days, your gums should be completely healed.