I’m losing my teeth. It’s my own fault. I’ve looked at dental implants, because they said I’d need that to be able to keep my jawbone. But, even if I owned a house (which I don’t), I’d have to mortgage it to get the implants. Any time I Google “affordable dental implants”, it shows mini-implants. Are those really a viable option? Do they support teeth? They look so small compared to the regular ones.
First, don’t dwell on what you should have done to save your teeth. It’s the past and the best thing for you to spend your mental energy on now is how to deal with the consequences. It sounds like you’re doing that. And, you’ve brought up exactly the right question for your particular situation.
I think there may also be an expensive misconception here. When you’re talking about dental implants when you’ve lost one or two teeth, that’s when you’d have an implant for every tooth. However, if you’re talking about replacing all of your teeth, unless you’re independently wealthy and have a lot of money to spare, it’s not financially feasible to put a single implant on every tooth.
That’s probably why you looked into affordable dental implants. Again, a great idea. You’re proactive in looking for solutions. But, no, a mini-implant will not support a dental crown like a traditional implant would. If that’s the case, what use are they?
How Mini-Dental Implants Can Serve You
When you’re replacing all your teeth, dental implants won’t go on each tooth. Instead, we recommend implant overdentures. These are dentures which are fixed to your jaw with a number of implants. Obviously, the more you get the better, but you can start with four on each arch and have a truly decent, sturdy replacement.
In your place, I’d look into that first. If that is still out of budget, that’s where the mini-implants come in. You can use them to stabilize a denture. They cost less than their traditional counterparts. Even though they’re not as strong, they can still keep your dentures from falling out, as well as help preserve your jaw bone. That’s a big plus because as your dentist likely pointed out, facial collapse can ruin your life.
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