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What Are Mini Dental Implants? An Easy Guide to Understanding Mini Dental Implants

Mini implants are pretty much the same as regular implants but half the size (1.8 mm to 3.3 mm in diameter) and less complicated. They consist of a one-piece post made out of titanium. Which will work as the root of the tooth, and a circled shaped head that stabilizes and attaches the tooth to the post. 

The procedure for this implant is way more forgiving for the patient. They are simply inserted below your gums; they do not embed directly and entirely into your jawbone, such as the regular ones. These implants are not as painful, usually, patients will not even require sutures, and the whole surgery lasts only about 2 hours. 

traditional dental implants vs mini dental implants

This surgery is less complicated because, with regular implants, patients often need bone grafting or sinus lifting. In other words, there’s a lot more preparation to achieve a safe placement of the implants, so it is time-consuming for the patient who will have to make numerous visits to the dentist to make sure everything goes well.

Mini dental implants can heal faster, with little to no discomfort, which will save you from continuous visits to the dental office, and the results can also be immediate. You can show off your new teeth the same day you get them done.

Of course, before rushing to the conclusion that you will get mini implants for sure, you have to know at least a few of the conditions that can stop you from being a good candidate, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Periodontitis 
  • Smoking 
  • Not enough bone height and width
  • If you need to replace any molars

The last word, though, should come from your dentist. Once you get a thorough evaluation to see if you have any of these conditions, then you will know if mini implants are the right solution for your smile. If you feel ready to take the first step and schedule a consultation, get in touch with us! Our Tijuana dentists have the preparation to guide you. 

Learn more about the differences between mini and regular dental implants by reading below!

How Much Are Mini Dental Implants and How Long Can They Last?

The cost of mini dental implants varies according to your specific dental situation. And the place you decide to get them done. If you plan to go to a dentist in the U.S, the price will go from $1000 to $1,500 per mini-implant (without abutment and crown); which is quite different from the $4,000 that regular implants typically are.

Besides, you will spare yourself from bone grafts as they tend to be painful and expensive, so, fortunately, this procedure is not necessary with mini implants. The amount might also change depending on the insurance you have and what it covers; it is best to contact your insurance company as it may not cover all part of the cost.

how much dental implants cost?

Getting Mini Dental Implants in Tijuana is Even More Affordable

The average cost in this city (known for medical tourism) is $699 or $1,599, including both abutment and crown. Tijuana dentists also accept insurance so, that amount can potentially go even lower. It one of the best alternatives because the prices that a dentist in this city offers do not compromise the quality of their services. If you want to know more details on costs, feel free to ask us.

Now that you are aware of how much you could spend, you might be interested in knowing how long can they last. With mini dental implants, there is something you should have in mind: there is not too much research information out there, and this is due to the fact that they have not been around as long as regular implants, so there is still a lot to discover. 

Their effectiveness depends on a number of factors because everybody’s mouth and habits are different. But, what we know for sure, is that (just like the regular ones) mini dental implants can endure for many years as long as you take care of them properly; daily brushing and flossing will contribute enormously to their health and durability.

On the other hand, some things that could affect them go from diseases like osteoporosis to the abuse of alcohol and smoking. Factors you should also consider when contemplating mini dental implants as a solution for your dental health.

Understanding What Dental Implants Are

Dental implants are a great solution if you are missing teeth or if you want a better alternative than a bridge or denture. It is a procedure that can get you closer to the natural and healthy smile you desire. So, allow us to explain them to you. Dental implants usually divide into two parts:

  • The implant which is going to serve as an artificial root (usually looks like a screw) 
  • The abutment is just the connector keeping the implant and the crown together because it is attached to them. 

Dental implants are also permanent. Unlike bridges or dentures, implants are here to stay as the dentist must insert them into your jawbone. Because of this, you must go through a surgical process to get them installed, plus it can take up to six months to heal completely, and it needs to be performed by an experienced dentist to get the best results. 

what are dental implants?

They also come in different shapes and sizes. It is your dentist’s job to determine how the implant best suited specifically for you it is going to be. Therefore, if you have any concerns about how dental implants will work for you, we advise you to get further information from your dentist or one of our dentists in Tijuana. Just send us a message and find out if this is the best procedure for you.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, implants classify into two types: endosteal and subperiosteal. The first one refers to the regular implant we have mentioned before.

These are the ones most commonly used among patients. The second type is used mainly in people who do not have enough healthy natural jawbone.

And can not undergo a procedure to rebuild it or do not want to experience the invasive surgery that endosteal implants require. The subperiosteal type is also commonly known as mini dental implants.

Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio Miranda is our dentist in Tijuana and is hands down the best Mexico dentist. Distinguished by being one of the few members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda ́s work is synonymous with excellence and quality. She is a Mexico dentist accredited by the AACD and U.S. licensed dentist. With over 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda has changed the lives of thousands through her devotion to Dentistry and tender care.

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