Mini Dental Implant Cost

The cost of mini dental implants is around 1/2 that of a traditional dental implant.Picture_cost_benefit_analysis

However to me the true cost is not measured only in dollars.  It is in lots of other measures as well.

Other costs could include:

  • Loss of the ability to smile
  • Unable to find and keep a good job
  • Social situations are avoided – like going to church, cheering at your kids or grand kids sporting events
  • Inability to enjoy your favorite foods (steak, salads, crispy veggies)
  • Overall health suffers – ill chewed food puts stress on your digestive system and you absorb less of all the good stuff
  • Spending valuable $$ on Adhesives or Pastes to glue in your dentures
  • Constant sores in your gums
  • Yearly relines of your denture or partials

The cost of even missing one tooth is HUGE!  If one tooth is missing and not replaced 20% of the teeth next to it will be lost in the next 4 to 8 years.  This is one of the reasons that over 50 Million Americans have lost all their teeth. 

Mini Dental Implants for an Affordable Cost can:

Replace Single Teeth:  With a mini implant acting as the root of your missing tooth a porcelain crown can be made.  You do not remove this like a partial denture.  To you it is like having your natural tooth back.

Replace Multiple Teeth:  Several mini dental implants can be placed to form a porcelain bridge.  This will get rid of the gap where several teeth have been lost.  It does not require healthy teeth on either side to be ground down like a traditional bridge. 

Replace an Entire Row of Missing Upper or Lower Teeth:  In some cases 8-10 mini dental implants can be placed in the upper or lower jaws to support a full roundhouse bridge.  This will replace 10-12 missing teeth with a series of porcelain crowns that are connected and placed over the mini implants.  You will never need to use dental adhesives or pastes to hold teeth in again.  You also will have teeth that you do no remove.  You will have to brush and water pick to keep your new teeth clean.

Paresh B Patel DDS

Mini Dental Implants

Dental Implants Charlotte Lake Norman Mooresville NC

Dental Implants Hickory Lenoir Boone Asheville NC



Broken Tooth replaced with a Mini Dental Implant and a Temporary Crown


 I am convinced that teeth know what day of the week it is.  Why is it always 5pm on Friday that teeth in the front smile area seem to break? 

I don't have a great answer but I do have some mini dental implants and some composite. 






The patient was given the option of a Root Canal Post and Crown or an extraction and a mini dental implant and Crown.  She elected to have the tooth removed.











I selected for this case a mini dental implant that has a high degree of initial stability due to its aggressive thread pattern and ability to lock in the bone at the tip.  It is an OCO Biomedical 3.0mm mini dental implant. 












OCO mini dental implant in place after the tooth root was removed preserving as much bone as possible.  The implant is a solid one piece design.






Temporary crown on the OCO mini dental implant.  I will let the implant heal and let the soft tissue (gums) and bone fill in.  That will take around 5-6 months.  After that time passes we will ask the lab to make her a new porcelain crown to fit over the mini dental implant.



Paresh B Patel

Mini Dental Implants

Dental Implants Charlotte Lake Norman Mooresville NC

Dental Implants Hickory Boone Wilkesboro Asheville NC


Mini Dental Implants Can Replace a Broken Upper Tooth with a Fixed Porcelain Crown

What do you do when an upper tooth that has had a root canal just breaks one day?

Broken upper tooth

Broken upper premolar tooth.  The root is fractured under the gum tissue.







X ray root canal Extraction

X ray and extraction of the broken tooth









OCO mini dental implant


The broken tooth is removed carefully to preserve as much bone as possible.  A OCO Biomedical 3.0mm mini dental implant is placed the same day as the extraction.  With the design of the OCO mini implant it is able to achieve high initial stability.  Enough to place a temporary crown to shape the tissue during healing.








Oco mini day of placement


Clinical photo of the OCO Biomedical implant the day of placement.





Tissue healed

Tissue after shaping and healing with a temporary crown.  The temporary crown was removed to check healing…pink healthy gum tissue with no bleeding.  A standard crown impression will be taken and a porcelain crown will be made to fit over the mini dental implant.



Crown in place

Porcelain crown cemented in place over the OCO Biomedical mini dental implant.  The patient will brush and floss the mini dental implant crown just like any other tooth. 

With a mini dental implant there are lots of solutions that can be offered to patients.




Paresh B Patel DDS

Mini Dental Implants

Dental Implants Charlotte NC

Dental Implants Lenoir Hickory NC

Intra Lock Mini Dental Implant to Replace a Missing Tooth with a Crown

With over 75 Million Americans missing at least one tooth I am amazed that there are not more mini dental implants being placed.



Typical of what most patients who are missing teeth have.  A empty spot somewhere in the middle of their teeth….just past the smile line.  If they smile big enough you see the empty space.  This is easily and painlessly corrected with 2 short visits to the dentist and a mini dental implant and crown.





In this patient case a Intra Lock MILO 3.0mm mini dental implant was placed from Shatkin FIRST.  No surgery, no flap of gum tissue was cut, no bone was added.  Just a simple procedure to gently rotate the mini dental implant into the gum.  A small dental bit was used to create a opening in the gum the size of a pencil lead. Notice the lack of bleeding or trauma to the surrounding gum tissue.


Internal view of the Porcelain to Metal crown that will be cemented over the mini dental implant.  Sometimes I am asked is there a fit to the crown?  In this case there is a true fit, the crown will not rotate as it intimately adapts to the square base on the mini dental implant.










Porcelain crown by First Impressions Dental Labcemented over the Intra Lock Mini Dental Implant.






Final x-ray of the crown over the mini dental implant.  Easy to place, easy for the patient to keep clean and a cost effective way for patients to consider dental implants that otherwise would just walk around with a missing tooth. 

Implant dentistry is not just for the wealthy.  It is and should be for everyone. Technology and forward thinking dentists such as Todd Shatkin have created a solution that most patients need and most dentists can perform.  Easy implant placement courses to consider:

Mini Dental Implant Seminars

OCO Dental Implant Hands On Seminars

Paresh B Patel Implant Dentistry Charlotte NC

Mini Dental Implants

Dental Implants Hickory Lenoir Wilkesboro Asheville NC 

Mini Dental Implant Bridge ~ Full Arch Roundhouse Crowns for Fixed Teeth

What do patients that have no teeth really want?  Is it dental implants?  Crowns?  Implant supported dentures?  NO…they want their teeth.  For right now that is not something that dentistry can give back to them…  However we can get pretty close with some mini dental implants and a well thought out and fabricated full arch roundhouse bridge of porcelain crowns. 

Cosmetic upper denture

When we decide make a full arch of teeth over mini dental implants I like to make a well fitting denture to begin with.  It is our blueprint for what the final crowns should look like.  The patient can approve in the denture the color, size, esthetics, function, speech, etc….all before we make the investment in the final porcelain bridge.






Once the provisional denture is approved by the patient all the diagnostic information is sent to the Dental Lab for the final planning. This case was done with Evolution Dental Lab.  A guide stent is made for the placement of the mini dental implants.  This is done off the Cone Beam 3D x-ray scan to ensure the dental implants are placed in sound bone and will allow for the crowns to be placed in the correct approved position.




A wax mock up of the final design is made on the stone cast over the mini dental implants.  This mock up will be duplicated in putty so I can make the patient in their mouth a temporary set of teeth to confirm everything once more.






Surgical guide for the placement of the mini dental implants.







OCO Biomedical Mini Dental Implants in place ready to have the temporary bridge made.




Denture Chairside temp bridge


The temporary is made…notice how similar it looks to the approved denture.  Since we have worked out most of the details of esthetics and function in the denture all I need to do is place the dental implants the the predetermined positions and copy the denture into the temporary bridge.  The patient leaves that day without the denture.  He has a fixed set of teeth to chew and smile with.  Any slight changes, if needed, are made and the dental lab can make the final bridge.


The final mini dental implant bridge was made in two pieces.  There is an exact fit to this bridge.  Notice the multicolor pink porcelain to frame the porcelain crowns. 





Back teeth for the mini dental implant roundhouse bridge.





Final bridge over the OCO Biomedical dental implants. 






Mini Dental Implant Bridge cemented in patients mouth…day of placement.







Lip retracted view of the mini dental implant bridge.  Notice the intimate fit of the pink porcelain to the gum tissue.  The patient can floss or waterpick between each mini dental implant. 



Steve with his new teeth the day of placement.  He has a full arch of mini dental implants and a fixed non removable set of Porcelain crowns.  Solutions similar to this start at $12,999.  This includes the implants and the crowns. 

What a wonderful way to get rid of your dentures and get back to living you life enjoying the things you want to do. 

Without the advent of mini dental implants solutions like this would require a commitment of around $20,000 with more time/discomfort.

Paresh B Patel Implant Dentist Charlotte NC

Mini Dental Implants

Dental Implants Hickory Wilkesboro Asheville NC

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Mini Dental Implant Crowns ~ Mini Dental Implant Bridge ~ Mini Impants Do they Hurt Part II

Ok…so more than 6 weeks have passed since the blog about the mini dental implants and do they hurt.  But the patient has finally come back and we took the impression for her crowns.  If you need to scroll down to the original post you can see the teeth that were extracted and the mini dental implants that were placed.

I really wanted to do some Porcelain crowns over the mini implants but $$$ were scarce in this case so a decision was made to use lab fabricated resin crowns.  I took a standard Poly Vinyl impression and sent the case to Shatkin FIRST LabIMG_7566.

Nothing new required for me as the dentist.  From there FIRST Labs places the mini dental implant analog into the impression and makes a replica of what is in the mouth.

IMG_7565 The following set of pictures are the resin crowns on the lab mini dental implant model.  I will take clinical photos of the mini dental implant crowns cemented in place in 2 weeks.

IMG_7567 IMG_7569 IMG_7571

Mini Dental Implant Bridge – Part II

Ok..after a few weeks of procrastination I have finally got the pictures off the digital camera and am ready to share the initial results of the Ken Clifford Fixed Mini Implant Bridge.

To read Part I scroll down in the main blog to the Ken Clifford Bridge Post.

To clarify, the acrylic bridge is totally mini implant supported; it is not tissue supported.  Every effort has been made to keep the bridge at least 1mm off the tissue to allow my patient to use a water pick to flush out any food that gets under the pink acrylic. 

IMG_7463 Mini Implant BridgeIMG_7465 Lingual view Mini Implant BridgeIMG_7468 Space under Acrylic Ken Clifford BridgeIMG_7462
IMG_7472 Underside of Acrylic Fixed Hybrid Clifford Bridge

The acrylic bridge cemented in place. 2 week post op picture.  The patient has been keeping the acrylic mini implant bridge clean with a water pick and a electric toothbrush.  I will continue to take clinical photos at the 6 month recare appointments and will share how the bridge functions, looks, gum health, and implant stability. 

IMG_7482 IMG_7488 2 weeks post insertion

Mini Dental Implant Upper and Lower Dentures made by First Impressions Dental Lab.  Mini Dental Implant Lab