Difference Between Mini vs Regular Dental Implants

While eating hard to chew food, you felt something was wrong. You chewed on something hard and then realized that it was not the food you are eating. You checked your teeth in front of a mirror and began to freak out because your front tooth was cracked. You know those front teeth are very important not only for cutting food but also to your appearance. Losing them can make you look old, lose your confidence, and can be very uncomfortable while eating. What are you going to do?

Eventually, all of us will lose our teeth due to aging, accident, and other incidents. Traditionally, your dentist will recommend you to have false teeth in replacement of your lost tooth. There is no doubt, these false teeth bring back your lost confidence and love for chewing down food. But there is still a disadvantage in wearing this – it can suddenly fall off while chewing or can give you a hard time speaking. That is why dentists recommended gluing them with a special glue to hold them in place so you speak and eat freely.

But with our advancement in technology, many dentists are now recommending dental implant instead of false teeth. Surely, it is more expensive than false teeth but the quality, ease of having it, and feeling of a real tooth is magnificent.

Why else dentists are recommending dental implants?

  1. They are not anchored to the adjacent teeth, thus saving remaining teeth from decay.
  2. They build confidence, obviously. You won’t even know you lost your teeth.
  3. They are reliable because they can stay in for decades with proper care.

There are several types of a dental implant including mini dental implant and regular implant. What are the differences between the two?

Mini and regular implant serve the same function, to replace missing teeth and retain healthy ones, but there are differences between them. The mini dental implant is:

  1. Smaller in diameter. It can range anywhere from 2mm to 3.5mm wide.
  2. It has less impact, therefore can be very comfortable along the jawbone.
  3. It requires less bone support but can have a higher risk of implant failure because it is relatively small.
  4. It uses a solid one-piece screw.

Who are eligible to undergo mini dental implant?

Patients who have dropping jawbone can undergo a mini dental implant because it doesn’t require full bone support. It is also good for patients who do not grind and clench teeth. Putting pressure on a mini dental planted teeth can make it weak overtime since its support screw is small.

On the other hand, a regular dental implant is:

  1. Its size ranges from 2mm to 3.5mm wide.
  2. Unlike mini dental implant, it uses two solid screws which connect the implant to the restoration.
  3. It is more durable and stronger than a mini dental implant because its screws are relatively larger.

Who are eligible to undergo regular dental implant?

Patient with a strong jawbone and without atrophy may qualify for the regular dental implant. Atrophy can weaken the implant and may fail it as well. A regular dental implant requires jawbone tissue for a support that is why preparatory screening and procedures is a must before performing the surgery. If your jawbone is weak, you may consider a mini dental implant instead.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants are expensive than false teeth and this is something you should be expecting if you are planning to undergo the procedure. Why they cost too much? As mentioned a while ago, they are near exactly to true teeth and they are stronger than the average implant procedures.

A single tooth dental implant may costs you around $1000 up to $3000 defends upon the severity of the procedure to be made. A $500 up to $3000 may be added for the abutment and crown. If a single tooth dental implant may cost you $6000 at most, multiple teeth implants can cost you even more. The procedure can sore high up to $30,000.

The regular dental implant is way expensive than mini dental implant due to the quality of the materials and the complexity of the procedure.

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