We’re often quick to notice when everyday items in our lives, like cars, need replacing. A car that doesn’t run smoothly, demands frequent repairs, and causes worry on the road signals it’s time for a change. Shouldn’t we be just as attentive to our dentures? Common signs such as discomfort, poor fit, or frequent slipping indicate the need for denture replacement. However, these signs are often ignored, even when they impact our daily lives. Just as we seek a safe and reliable vehicle, exploring alternatives to dentures is essential for prioritizing our oral health and comfort.
If you’re looking for a more secure smile, we can help. Our practice is a Mini Dental Implant Center of America. Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Lemieux specialize in mini implants, offering superior denture solutions.
Exploring Alternatives to Traditional Dentures
Unlike traditional dentures that rely on adhesives, implant dentures offer a secure and stable solution by attaching directly to dental implants.
Supported by mini dental implants, these dentures are locked in place, enhancing comfort and function. While mini implants are similar in purpose to traditional implants, they are half the size and just one piece. Measuring less than 3 millimeters in diameter, mini implants allow for less invasive placement.
At Union City Mini Dental Implants, we provide different implant denture options to suit various patient needs.
These removable implant dentures, also known as implant overdentures or snap-on dentures, are crafted from acrylic and resemble traditional dentures with a gum-colored base. Designed to sit on 4-6 mini implants for the lower arch or 6-8 implants for the upper arch, they offer enhanced stability. We can sometimes convert existing dentures to overdentures if they’re in good condition and have room for mini implants. This economical option, which should be removed nightly for cleaning, is ideal for those looking to stabilize existing dentures quickly. Overdentures have an approximate lifespan of 5-10 years.
Semi-Removable Roundhouse Bridge
Known as a fixed hybrid bridge, this semi-removable option is made of zirconia and can be designed with or without pink porcelain gums, depending on your needs. The prosthesis, supported by 6-10 mini implants, offers improved chewing ability, thanks to the added implants. We sometimes refer to this system as the Fix-on-Six® method. It is a simpler, more comfortable, and less expensive alternative to the traditional “All on Four” method. These full arch bridges are removable only by Dr. Rodriguez or Dr. Lemieux for professional cleaning and have a lifespan of approximately 10-20 years.
Non-Removable Roundhouse Bridge
This full arch zirconia bridge is permanently cemented in place. It sits on 10-12 mini implants, providing the highest level of stability and function, similar to natural teeth. The non-removable roundhouse bridge is the most expensive option but offers exceptional durability and is typically the longest-lasting choice. This option is perfect for individuals who want to care for their dentures just like they would for their natural teeth, offering a straightforward and familiar approach to maintenance.
Which Alternatives to Dentures Are Right for You?
When looking for the right alternative, it is important to consider the denture issues that you would most like to target. This can help you understand which features in an implant denture you’d find most valuable.
Those looking for an easy transition to implant dentures may enjoy an option that more closely resembles their existing denture. In this case, an implant-retained overdenture might be best. If you’d like a denture alternative that closely replicates the function of natural teeth, we would recommend a roundhouse bridge option.
During your free consultation, we’ll discuss your concerns and help you determine the best solution for your needs. We will consider your preferences on removability, stability, functionality, and cost to help you make the right decision.
Implant dentures have multiple advantages over traditional removable dentures, primarily due to the added stability and functionality of dental implants. Patients can expect benefits such as:
- Enhanced stability: Implant dentures are anchored directly to dental implants in the jawbone, eliminating reliance on adhesives. This secure attachment prevents issues like slipping or shifting, which are common with traditional dentures.
- Improved comfort: Designed to mimic natural teeth, implant dentures offer a more comfortable and natural fit, reducing the risk of discomfort, infections, or sore spots often associated with poorly fitting dentures.
- Jawbone preservation: Mini implants act like natural tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone to prevent bone loss. This helps maintain your facial structure and improve chewing efficiency so you can enjoy a wider range of foods.
- Long-term durability: Implant dentures, supported by mini dental implants, offer a more stable and lasting solution than traditional dentures, which may need frequent adjustments or replacements. They provide the functionality and appearance of natural teeth, enhancing patient confidence.
Implant dentures are a valuable investment, offering a life-changing solution worth exploring. Their stability, comfort, and natural feel significantly enhance daily life, making eating, speaking, and socializing more enjoyable. These alternatives to dentures represent a commitment to long-term oral health and an improved quality of life.
Discover Alternatives to Dentures
Contact us today at the Mini Dental Implant Center of America in Union City, NJ, to explore denture alternatives. At your free consultation, we will assess your oral health goals, discuss your dental goals, and identify the most suitable denture option. Don’t wait to experience the advantages of a well-fitting implant denture. Schedule your visit, and let us help you achieve a more secure smile.