For missing teeth, one of the most popular and versatile treatment options is dental implants. Approximately 3 million people in the United States have dental implants because they can offer a natural look while also functioning like your regular teeth. Dental implant cost can be a concern, however. Learn more about what to expect and why mini dental implants can be a better option than standard ones if cost is a concern.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that fit into your jaw or gum and function as a tooth root. They are an excellent solution for missing teeth.
Standard dental implants have an abutment connected to the post that holds the false tooth, while mini dental implants are only made of one piece. They are much smaller than standard implants and are much less invasive. Mini dental implants can replace one tooth or many teeth.
Dental implants can be a good option for people who:
- Want to prevent jawbone loss
- Have good oral hygiene
- Don’t want dentures
- Are in good overall health
- Have some jawbone density
Mini dental implants and standard implants can both help stimulate your jawbone as your natural teeth would. This helps create more bone cells and staves off bone loss.
Dental implants allow you to eat everything you love — something that dentures cannot do —- because you have the full force of your bite available. They are also durable and as easy to maintain as your natural teeth.
Dental implants can work in tandem with other devices, including permanent dentures and implant-retained dentures. These are good options for people who have many missing teeth.
Dental Implant Cost Considerations
Standard implants are larger and require a more elaborate procedure. The dentist has to make incisions into your gums, drill a hole in your jaw, place the implant, tighten it, and then add the abutment. You then have to wait a few weeks for the implants to fuse to your jawbone before getting your replacement teeth.
If you don’t have much bone density left in the areas of your jaw where you need a standard implant, you will need to get a bone graft, which can add to the expense.
The process is elaborate, and the titanium posts are larger, so you can expect the dental implant cost to be around $4,000 to $5,000 per standard implant.
Mini dental implants are much smaller, usually about 3mm in diameter. They do not require drilling into your jaw or stitches in your gums. Their size also requires less bone density, making it easier to avoid a bone grafting procedure.
The dental implant cost can be anywhere from $500 to $1,500 per implant. The procedure is much quicker with mini dental implants because there is no need for abutments or bone grafting, and the titanium post is smaller.
Learn More About Dental Implants
If you have one or more missing teeth, you should consider dental implants. For most people, Dr. Harvey Chin recommends mini dental implants as the more viable choice because they cost less and offer faster results.
To learn more about dental implants and if they are a good option for you, contact Vegas Dental Experts today for your free consultation.