Addressing tooth loss can be daunting and intimidating. People experiencing complete tooth loss are often met with an array of new challenges, which include deciding which type of denture to use. When seeking a more permanent and stable alternative to dentures, you may be presented with choices like All-on-4 and Fix-on-Six. These are variations of implant dentures that offer more secure tooth replacement solutions. While they are both used to replace a full arch of missing teeth, you may be unsure which is best for you. At Hope Dental, we will clarify the different denture alternatives and help you make an informed choice.
All-on-4 and Fix-on-Six: Finding the Right Fit
All-on-4 and Fix-on-Six dental implants are innovative alternatives to traditional dentures, offering a better fit thanks to the implants that lock them into place.
Before we discuss the details of All-on-4® and Fix-on-six® and their differences, it is important to break down what they have in common. Both of these implant-retained dentures—also called fixed hybrid bridges—are stabilized by dental implants. While the implants are permanent, the full-arch prosthetic can come in removable, semi-removable, and non-removable varieties. Semi-removable hybrid bridges are only removed at regular dental check-ups for routine cleaning.
The key difference between the All-on-4 and Fix-on-Six methods is that All-on-4 uses conventional implants while Fix-on-Six uses mini implants.
Mini dental implants function like traditional ones, supporting tooth restorations, but are much smaller. Thanks to their narrow width, mini implants require less jawbone space and are more suitable for individuals with bone loss. Despite their size, mini implants provide robust support for dental restorations. They are more cost-effective and use a less invasive procedure than conventional implants, which often require bone grafting. For those seeking an efficient and economical treatment that produces beautiful, functional outcomes, mini implant dentures may be the best choice.
The Procedure: All-on-4 vs. Fix-on-Six
So, how do these two methods differ in their execution? The All-on-4 procedure involves inserting 4 conventional dental implants in the jawbone. To be eligible for this option, you need to have adequate bone volume or undergo bone grafting surgery. Then, when the jawbone is healed, the implant screw can be surgically embedded in the jaw. It will take months of healing before the dentures can be attached. Otherwise, the implants may fail.
Fix-on-Six utilizes 6 to 10 mini dental implants to support the denture. While All-on-4 may seem simpler because it uses fewer implants, Fix-on-Six provides a better foundation. The extra implants create more support points for the prosthesis, and because they require less jawbone volume, mini implants are suitable for various jaw shapes and sizes.
Another key advantage of Fix-on-Six is that the mini implants can be placed in a single minimally invasive procedure. Dr. Ras will simply drill a small pilot hole through the gums where each mini implant will be placed. He’ll secure the implants and attach the dentures. Unlike conventional implants, mini implants are immediately stable. They don’t require months of fusion with the jawbone before they can support a restoration.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Fix-on-Six®?
Fix-on-Six provides a more straightforward and comfortable alternative than All-on-4, providing more security and stability. Ideal for complete arches of missing teeth, this system presents several benefits:
- Cost-effectiveness: They offer a more economical solution compared to individual tooth implants. And, compared to All-on-4, the Fix-on-Six system often comes to half the price.
- Quicker procedure: Because Fix-on-six rests on mini implants, the procedure is much shorter, allowing you to restore your oral function much more quickly.
- Faster recovery: Thanks to their minimally invasive placement, you can expect a shorter recovery after your mini implants are secured.
- Longevity: The two extra implants for the denture provide additional support, making Fix-on-Six a more stable and worthwhile investment.
Fix-on-Six isn’t just about adding two more implants. These additional implants help preserve your jawbone and prevent bone loss, which is a common consequence of tooth loss. The result is a fuller, more youthful facial appearance and a healthier mouth. Additionally, there is no need to worry about the troubles of traditional dentures. No more messy adhesives or embarrassing moments when your false teeth slip out at the wrong time. Fix-on-Six keeps everything securely in place. You can indulge in your favorite foods and speak freely without giving your teeth a second thought.
Get Your Secure Fit Today
If you are curious about Fix-on-Six and want to learn more about what this system can do for you, we are here to help! Implant dentures can improve your bite, strengthen your jaw, and make you feel secure in your smile again. At Hope Dental, we want to help you make the best decision for your oral health and ensure you have access to the best denture solutions available.
Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and discover if Fix-on-Six is the best option for replacing your missing teeth.