Are you tired of the limitations and frustrations that come with traditional dentures? Considering that 1 in 3 Floridians aged 60 and older use both upper and lower dentures, you’re not alone. Finding a solution to missing teeth that allows you to eat, speak, and smile confidently is key to enhancing your quality of life. For years, traditional dentures have been the go-to option for substantial tooth loss. However, there’s a better, more advanced alternative to traditional dentures that provides greater stability and functionality. In the world of implant dentures, the Fix-on-Six® system, which uses innovative mini dental implants, stands out as a remarkable upgrade to the All-on-4® procedure. Keep reading to learn more!
Traditional Denture Downsides
When we refer to traditional dentures, we’re talking about the stereotypical set of teeth your picture floating in a glass of water on your grandma’s nightstand. While these have been a viable solution for tooth loss in the past, they’ve always come with downsides.
Because they rely on your gums for stability, they will invariably lose their fit as your gums change shape over time. This loosening fit can lead to unexpected and embarrassing moments while eating, speaking, laughing, or coughing. Also, because they need to be removed daily, there’s a significant risk of damage and loss.
If you currently wear conventional dentures, you already know that they don’t look, feel, or function quite like natural teeth. Fortunately, there’s a better solution: implant dentures.
The Foundation of Implant Dentures: Mini Dental Implants
Implant dentures are revolutionizing the way we approach tooth replacement, and at the heart of this innovation are mini dental implants. These slender titanium posts, less than 3 mm in diameter, serve as sturdy anchors for your dentures. They offer a minimally invasive and cost-effective alternative to traditional implants while delivering remarkable stability. With mini implants, your dentures stay securely in place, allowing you to enjoy life without worrying about slipping or discomfort.
More than All-on-4®: Understanding Your Implant Denture Options
When it comes to implant dentures, there are several options, each with unique advantages.
Sometimes referred to as snap-on dentures, this is the only option that is removable at home. Overdentures are a hybrid between traditional dentures and implant dentures—in fact, certain pairs of traditional dentures can be converted into implant dentures if the conditions are right. Snap-on dentures connect to 4-8 mini dental implants depending on the patient’s unique oral needs.
Non-Removable Roundhouse Bridge
This is the strongest, most secure option available. Don’t let the word bridge fool you; these zirconia roundhouse bridges replace all the teeth in your upper or lower arch. They are cemented onto 10-12 mini implants and are as close in feel and function as you can get to your natural teeth.
Fix-on-Six® and All-on-4® (Semi-Removable Roundhouse Bridges)
Our Fix-on-Six® denture system uses a semi-removable roundhouse bridge. This option provides exceptional stability and function as the false teeth are secured with 6-10 mini dental implants. Unlike the other options, these semi-removable bridges are removed only by our experienced dentists during your routine dental visits, ensuring proper maintenance and care.
The All-on-4® procedure, on the other hand, relies on four large conventional implants to support a full arch of teeth. While it has been a popular choice in the past, it has its limitations. As a result, we prefer the upgraded Fix-on-Six® system.
The Advantages of Fix-on-Six® Over All-on-4®
There are several reasons why Fix-on-Six® is often a better choice when compared to All-on-4®. These benefits are thanks to the innovative mini dental implants that secure the prosthetic. Consider these key advantages:
Greater Stability and Longevity
Fix-on-Six® offers superior stability because of the increased number of mini implants securing your dental appliance. This ensures a more secure and long-lasting fit, allowing you to go about your daily activities without worry. On the contrary, All-on-4® relies on only four standard implants, leaving less room for error if something goes wrong.
Improved Jawbone Health
One crucial aspect of tooth replacement is preserving your jawbone’s health. Traditional dentures and All-on-4® may not stimulate the jawbone adequately, leading to bone loss over time. On the other hand, Fix-on-Six® provides additional points of contact between the implants and the jawbone. The implants effectively stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy and strong.
Cost can be a significant concern when considering dental procedures. Fix-on-Six® is a budget-friendly option that provides remarkable stability and function without breaking the bank, all thanks to mini dental implants. The traditional implants used in All-on-4® take multiple visits and months for healing, not to mention a possible bone grafting procedure. On the contrary, the mini implants used in Fix-on-Six® can be placed with the new teeth installed during the same visit. Saving that much time and energy throughout the process translates to significantly reduced costs.
We understand that navigating dental procedures, insurance, and financing can be daunting. We’re here to guide you through every step of the process. Our experienced team at Aspire Dental Group offers free, comprehensive consultations to discuss your specific needs and help you achieve your ideal smile. At your visit, we can review your insurance plan to de-mystify your coverage. We will also explain the flexible financing options we offer through our partnerships with third-party lenders. These plans help you afford your treatment while staying within your budget.
Discover Fix-on-Six®, a Better Alternative to All-on-4®
Don’t let the limitations of traditional dentures prevent you from living life to the fullest. Experience the transformation of Fix-on-Six® implant dentures today!
Schedule your free consultation, and take the first step towards a brighter, more confident future. Dr. Harvey, Dr. McNair, and our dedicated team at Aspire Dental Group are eager to help you achieve the smile you deserve.