Many people who have lost one or more teeth are interested in dental implants. However, they might have been told they do not qualify for the procedure due to some bone loss in their jaw. A bone graft can address that issue, but for some patients, a different solution is available: mini dental implants. Mini implants in Fort Myers are smaller than their traditional counterparts and therefore require less bone mass. Continue reading below to learn more about this remarkable treatment.
Mini and traditional dental implants have a similar shape and serve the same purpose. They are both able to serve as prosthetic tooth roots. They are also the same length. However, their widths are quite different. A traditional dental implant is between 3.4 and 5.8 millimeters wide, while a mini implant is between 1.8 and 3.3 millimeters wide. The smallest dental implants are just a smidge wider than a standard toothpick.
Mini dental implants offer many of the same benefits as traditional ones. For example, they provide permanent tooth replacement, help to preserve the jawbone, and offer natural feel and function. Their restorations boast a beautiful appearance.
However, mini dental implants have a few advantages over traditional ones:
The best way to find out if many dental implants are right for you is to consult with an expert who offers them. After Dr. Hoop examines your mouth and takes some X-Rays, he will be able to design your custom tooth replacement plan. Mini implants may be right for you if:
Of course, regular dental implants are better in some cases. They may provide a stronger bite force and be slightly better for the jawbone’s long-term health.
Both traditional and mini dental implants present a significant upfront cost. In general, though, the cost of mini dental implants is slightly lower than that of traditional implants. There are a few reasons for this, including the fact that mini implants typically require just one surgery. They are also usually placed under local anesthesia, with no need for sedation.
When you visit us for your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate for the cost of your treatment and help you explore your payment options. Your insurance policy (or a dental discount plan) along with financing may make it easier than you expect to afford your new smile!