Traditional dentures often provide initial relief to tooth loss but can feel less secure and reliable over time. While initially stable, they are prone to issues like movement and slippage, leading to ongoing concerns for wearers. At Hope Dental, we provide superior solutions, including denture alternatives anchored by dental implants. These implants, set firmly in the jawbone, integrate seamlessly with the jaw, forming a stable base for prosthetic teeth. Dr. Ras specializes in mini dental implants, offering patients a less invasive, more efficient, and cost-effective method for restoring a full arch of teeth.
Exploring Your Denture Alternatives
Much like traditional dentures, implant dentures are prosthetics that replace full arches of missing teeth. However, thanks to the support from dental implants, these serve as a better denture alternative. Some of the options we provide include:
- Implant overdentures: Acrylic overdentures—otherwise known as implant retained or snap-on dentures—can be easily removed at your convenience. For this option, we place four to eight dental implants into the jaw. Typically, lower overdentures take four to six mini dental implants, while upper overdentures usually require six to eight. The prosthetic snaps on and off the implants, blending the removability of traditional dentures with the security of implant dentures.
- Semi-removable roundhouse bridge: This full arch bridge enhances aesthetics as it doesn’t require bulky pink gums. It’s also only removed by Dr. Ras at your regular checkups. The restoration is firmly supported by six to eight mini implants, giving the system its name: Fix-on-Six®.
- Non-removable roundhouse bridge: This denture alternative offers the most stability as we permanently cement the roundhouse bridge to 10 to 12 mini dental implants. The additional implants improve function, providing a strong bite force similar to natural teeth.
Each mini dental implant option provides added stability, making your denture experience more secure and comfortable.
Mini Dental Implants: The Foundation for Your Dentures
At Hope Dental, we often use mini dental implants for our patients because they are just as effective as traditional implants but are minimally invasive. This makes them particularly suitable for those seeking a simpler procedure, such as those with dental anxiety or older individuals.
Measuring less than 3 millimeters in diameter, mini implants are half the size of conventional dental implants. They also use fewer components, which helps to facilitate a more streamlined procedure. When you opt for mini implant solutions, you’ll experience less discomfort, quicker results, and lower treatment costs.
The Benefits of Denture Alternatives
Choosing implant dentures comes with a host of significant benefits. Anchored by implants, these dentures offer stability and functionality that surpass traditional options.
Implant dentures eliminate the need for adhesives or suction to stay in place. The natural fusion of the implants with the jawbone creates a remarkably stable foundation, eliminating issues of slippage or shifting while eating or speaking. This helps patients feel more confident in daily activities without fearing their dentures becoming loose.
Implant dentures, on the other hand, feel more natural and comfortable because they are secured to the jawbone like natural teeth. They eliminate the more uncomfortable consequences of loose or “floating” dentures.
When teeth are missing, the jawbone can deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. Implant dentures mimic the function of natural tooth roots by stimulating the jawbone, preventing bone loss, and maintaining your facial structure.
With enhanced stability and a healthy jawbone, implant dentures improve chewing efficiency. This allows you to enjoy a more varied diet, including foods that might be challenging with traditional dentures, such as raw vegetables.
Over time, traditional dentures will need adjustments, including relining or replacement. When cared for properly, implant dentures can last for years. They are made from durable materials and maintain their fit, thanks to the stable foundation created by the implants.
Discover Denture Alternatives Today
Experience a renewed sense of confidence, comfort, and enjoyment in daily life with implant dentures. Contact Hope Dental today to replace your traditional dentures and explore better alternatives. At your free consultation, we will discuss your denture concerns and assist you in reclaiming a comfortable and effective bite.