Mini dental implants are smaller than traditional dental implants. They typically range in diameter from 2 mm to 3.5 mm, while traditional dental implants range from 3.5mm to 6mm in diameter.
The smaller size allows for a more conservative approach to implant placement, particularly in areas of the jawbone where there may be limited bone density. Most times, mini dental implants can be placed with minimal or no bone grafting, saving patients time, money, and additional procedures when compared to regular dental implants.
A mini dental implant is made of the same materials as traditional dental implants, such as titanium or zirconia. Their design mimics the structure and function of natural tooth roots, providing a stable foundation for dental appliances such as single dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.
The mini dental implant treatment offers various benefits over traditional dental implants, including:
While mini implants can be an excellent tooth replacement option, there are a few drawbacks patients should be aware of:
The mini implant process consists of the following steps:
Overall, the process of getting a mini implant is a less invasive surgery and requires less healing time than regular implants, making it a convenient and effective option for many patients. If you’re interested in mini implants, consult with a dentist.
Candidates for mini dental implants may include:
Mini dental implants aren’t suitable for every patient. Our Grand Haven dentist will assess your case and determine if mini dental implants are the best option.
Mini dental implants typically cost around $500 to $1,500. However, the cost of mini dental implants will vary depending on several factors, including the number of implants needed, where the implant gets placed, and the type of restoration. In general, mini dental implants are less expensive than conventional dental implants.
While mini dental implants are smaller in size, they’re still made of strong, durable materials and can provide stable support for dental appliances. Your dentist will determine which option is best for you and answer any questions you may have.
With proper care and maintenance, mini dental implants can last a lifetime. However, the lifespan of a mini implant can be affected by factors such as oral hygiene, bite alignment, and overall health.
Mini dental implants are typically used to support a single dental appliance, such as a crown or bridge. In some cases, multiple mini implants can support a larger dental appliance, such as a multiple-tooth bridge or full-arch of dentures.
As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with mini implant placement. These can include infection, nerve damage, or implant failure. Your dentist will advise you on any potential risks based on your case.
With mini dental implants, patients can achieve a complete smile along with improved oral health. Even if you’re lacking the jawbone density needed for conventional dental implants, mini implants can help. Contact our Grand Haven dentist today to schedule your appointment.