Mini Dental Implants: When Do You Need Them?

Let’s get something straight. Just because something is mini doesn’t mean that they are any less good. This principle applies to a lot of things including mini dental implants. Those who are looking for a great alternative to traditional dental implants need not look further than mini dental implants.

When do you need mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are only used in specific cases. That being said, it’s not an option to use mini dental implants just because you prefer them.

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Typically, mini dental implants are used in the following scenarios:

  • If you have small teeth
  • If you need front teeth replacement
  • If you need premolar replacement
  • If your teeth is situated in a narrow space

How small are mini dental implants?

As the name implies, mini dental implants are way smaller than the traditional dental implants. Mini dental implants also are one solid piece that’s screwed into the bone. Its diameter is smaller than 3mm. On the top of the device, there is a ball-shaped protrusion that’s designed to help support the dentures. Typically, the denture has a rubber O-ring that slides over the ball-shaped part.

How long do mini dental implants often last?

Understandably, the lifespan of mini dental implants will vary depending on several key factors, including:

  • Smoking
  • Substance or alcohol abuse
  • Osteoporosis (or other bone diseases)
  • Lack of implant care

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In addition, you have to remember that every mouth is different. That being said, two people who get the same implant may have a totally different experience in terms of the implant’s longevity.

What are the main differences between traditional and mini dental implants?

The main difference between traditional and mini dental implants is their size. The latter is half the diameter of a traditional implant. In other words, it would take at least two mini dental implants to match the support a traditional implant can provide.

At first glance, this may seem like a bad thing. However, nothing can be farther from the truth. You have to remember that in some cases, a smaller implant is the best option for a specific case. This is especially true if the space is small and a traditional implant just won’t fit.

How much do mini dental implants typically cost?

As expected, mini dental implants cost lesser than their bigger counterparts. On average, a mini dental implant can take you back between $500 and $1,500. Traditional implants on the other hand can cost around $4,000 and $5,000.

However, just because mini dental implants are way cheaper, it does not follow that they’re inferior. Below are some of the possible reasons why mini dental implants cost less than their traditional alternatives:

  • The screws are more affordable. Since mini dental implants use smaller screws, they are understandably cheaper.
  • The procedure is simpler. The process of inserting mini dental implants does not require surgery and is less time-consuming and invasive. Understandably, less effort and time can also equate to less money spent.
  • No bone grafting needed. Most times, bone grafting is not needed for mini dental implants. Of course, one procedure less means you’ll also spend less.


Dr. Gerald Tan



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