When you experience pain related to dental issues, it can be helpful to know a bit about each treatment plan and procedure available. Finding a dental insurance plan that covers mini dental implants might be just what you need.
Before we dive into what mini dental implants are, we should discuss why someone may need dentures. Dentures are used to replace missing or damaged teeth and the surrounding tissue. You can get a full set of dentures or partial dentures depending on your unique situation.1
Sometimes a candidate for dentures may require certain procedures ahead of time for the dentures to work properly. Mini dental implants are often needed to provide extra support for dentures.2 In other cases, mini dental implants can replace the need for dentures altogether and substitute as a less invasive alternative.3
Mini dental implants are a type of dental implant that don’t need to be installed into the jawbone. Instead, they are screwed to the outside of the jawbone and are usually smaller than traditional implants. Both implants and mini dental implants are used to replace damaged teeth.4
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In general, mini dental implants are less invasive than traditional implants because there is no bone graft or flap surgery needed.5 The main differences between mini dental implants and traditional implants are the size and the way the implant is secured to the jawbone.
Traditional implants can take six months to 2 years to be executed correctly, while mini dental implants take a few hours. The recovery process for traditional implants can take months, but mini dental implants usually take a couple of days.6
Your ability to get mini dental implants over traditional implants depends on your specific needs. We recommend chatting with a dentist directly to explore all your options. If you are a good fit for mini dental implants, you can enjoy a host of benefits:
The cost of mini dental implants is much less than traditional implants. The materials used, location of service, time spent on the procedure and any additional treatments all impact the cost of mini dental implants.9 In most cases, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500 for the procedure.10
Not every dental insurance plan will cover the cost of mini dental implants. However, Aflac Dental Insurance covers a variety of dental implant procedures. We recommend chatting with an agent about your specific needs. We also offer supplemental dental insurance that works with your primary dental insurance to help cover dental expenses.
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1-3 WedMD - Denture Types and Care. Reviewed July 29, 2021. Accessed Nov 22, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-health-dentures.
4-10 Voss Dental - What are mini dental implants – Cost, and Pros and Cons. Updated Feb 22, 2021. Accessed Nov 22, 2021. https://vossdental.com/what-are-mini-dental-implants-cost-and-pros-and-cons/.