How Much Does a Mini Dental Implant Cost?
When someone is facing dental implants, a very common first question is: how much does a mini dental implant cost? Does it cost less than a regular-diameter dental implant? Typically, yes. Many dentists advertise “MDI” as costing 50 percent less than a traditional implant. The price for one MDI might run between $650 and $1,000 while a traditional dental implant can run $1,200 to $2,000 (not counting the cost of the crown).
Understanding the Total Mini Dental Implant Cost
There’s a lot more to take into consideration than just the cost of the individual implant. For example, a narrow diameter implant is generally used to support an over-denture of some kind (the use of mini implants for individual teeth is somewhat experimental and controversial). This means that you need to get two to six implants placed in the jaw at the same time. Placement of four MDIs might cost $3,000-$4,000, far more than the cost of a dental implant to restore a single tooth. The type of denture that fits onto an implant support system is very expensive, typically several thousand dollars. If you have both your upper and lower jaws treated, the total mini dental implant cost (including dentures) could be $10,000-$18,000. That’s a lot for a full-mouth restoration. The cost of traditional dentures might be $1,400-$3,500 for both jaws. However, implant-supported dentures are still less costly than individual replacement of each tooth with an implant and crown. That approach can easily run $25,000-$50,000 or more.
Comparing Mini Dental Implants With Traditional Dental Implants
If the choice is between small-diameter and regular implants for denture support, MDIs will obviously save money per-implant. These tiny implants are a viable option for patients who have bone loss in their jaw. This is a common problem among patients who are partly or fully edentulous (toothless). The periodontitis that leads to tooth loss in the first place causes damage and erosion in tooth sockets. After tooth loss occurs from advanced gum disease, the resorption of jaw bone tissue speeds up and more density and volume is lost. This happens because there is no longer pressure from daily use of a tooth that signals to the body to maintain bone density in the area. A mini dental implant can often be placed even if bone loss is substantial – without the added cost of bone grafting. This can save thousands of dollars and months of recovery time waiting for the bone graft to heal.
Compared to traditional implant-supported dentures, MDI entails fewer visits and less healing time. The titanium posts are inserted without cutting the gums and pulling them back. So, there’s no flap to stitch back in place. The implants are typically placed in the jaw bone and loaded with dentures immediately. Patients can begin enjoying a functional, attractive smile after just a couple of hours of treatment. A less-complex surgical procedure may lead to fewer costly complications.
Factors Affecting Mini Dental Implant Cost
The total price of a mini dental implant procedure can vary based on:
- The type of imaging done prior to treatment (x-rays, cone beam CT, etc.)
- Treatments required to prepare the mouth (extractions, tissue grafting, periodontitis treatment, etc.)
- Number of implants needed
- Brand of implants used
- Whether both the upper and lower jaws are treated
- The lab fees for fabricating the dentures
- The skill and specialized training of the dentist
- Cost of follow-up visits for fittings
- Cost for relining/rebasing the dentures in the first year
- Whether a portion of the cost is covered by insurance
In many cases, dental insurance does not pay for dental implants. However, most dentists who perform MDI procedures can recommend affordable financing options.