Coping with tooth loss can be challenging, and though traditional dentures are a common solution, they often come with their own set of difficulties. Finding the right solution—one that offers comfort, stability, and a natural feel—can be confusing amidst the variety of options on the market. Within the landscape of dental solutions, innovative alternatives like implant dentures address the shortcomings of conventional dentures. Fix-on-Six, a system that offers a streamlined approach to replacing an entire arch of missing teeth, provides a better alternative to other implant dentures like All-on-4®. Understanding these alternatives and finding the best fit for your unique needs is crucial to reclaiming your confidence.
At Mint Mini Dental Implants, we can help you explore alternatives like Fix-on-Six® that offer enhanced stability and improved functionality. Making an informed decision starts with understanding the available options and finding what aligns best with your lifestyle and preferences.
What Is Fix-on-Six?
The Fix-on-Six® system combines mini dental implants with a dental bridge to restore missing teeth. At your free consultation, Dr. Coolican will assess your jawbone’s size and condition to determine the placement of 6 to 10 mini dental implants. These mini implants consist of small titanium posts featuring a screw at the base and a ball-shaped connector at the top. The ball at the top of the post is secured to the denture with a rubber O-ring. This innovative system replaces an entire arch of missing teeth without requiring an individual implant for each tooth. Instead, the mini implants serve as anchors for a roundhouse bridge.
Unlike traditional dentures that rely on the mouth’s roof or jawbone ridge for support, Fix-on-Six bridges securely attach to mini dental implants, ensuring stability without the risk of loosening or dislodging. The bridge is firmly attached to the implants and is only removed during routine checkups for cleaning and maintenance. This design offers a secure fit and excellent functionality while allowing easy maintenance and care.
Fix-on-Six and All-on-4: What’s the Difference?
Like Fix-on-Six®, All-on-4® is a system for implant-stabilized dentures. Both are alternatives to traditional denture options. The key difference is that Fix-on-Six utilizes mini dental implants, while All-on-4 opts for traditional. Traditional implants, measuring approximately 5 millimeters in diameter, are nearly double the size of mini dental implants. The implant’s large size requires a significant amount of jawbone to remain secure. As a result, many patients lack the necessary jawbone density and must undergo a bone grafting procedure before implant placement. The process for traditional implant dentures takes several months, even a year, to complete. If bone grafting is needed, the bone must heal before the implant is placed. Then, once the screw is surgically embedded, you’ll need to wait for the implant and jaw to fuse before the false teeth can be attached.
Mini implants generally don’t require bone grafting. And, their single-piece design is immediately stable, meaning there’s no need to wait for osseointegration. A restoration can be attached the same day that the implants are placed. Their innovative size and design make mini implant placement simpler, less invasive, and more efficient.
While the All-on-4 method uses four traditional implants to secure the denture, the Fix-on-Six system uses six to ten mini implants. This allows for a more secure and stable fit and prevents issues should one of the implants fail.
The Benefits of Mini Implants for Your Denture
Fix-on-Six® is an excellent alternative to traditional dentures, addressing common inconveniences. Additionally, the use of mini dental implants in the Fix-on-Six system offers several added benefits over the All-on-4 method:
- Quicker procedure: Because the implants are narrower, most patients do not need to undergo bone grafting. This expedites the process, reducing the overall procedure timeline by months.
- Immediate results: Unlike large conventional implants, mini implants don’t require total osseointegration before the restoration is attached. This allows same-day implant solutions for eligible patients.
- Shorter recovery period: Mini implant placement is minimally invasive, so you can expect to experience much less discomfort. One of the key advantages of mini dental implants is that recovery is quick. Many individuals return to their normal routines within 48 hours.
- Budget-friendly: Mini implants are a more affordable option than traditional implants. They use less material, require fewer office visits, and involve a less complex procedure. If you are looking for a long-lasting and cost-tooth replacement option, mini implant dentures may be right for you.
Fix-on-Six offers a life-changing solution that not only overcomes common denture problems but also offers key advantages over All-on-4. This procedure provides a stable foundation for your dentures, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile with renewed confidence.
Try Fix-on-Six Today!
For 20 years, Dr. Coolican has been dedicated to delivering exceptional implant solutions for his patients, addressing diverse patient needs with precision and compassion. As a founding member of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants and a member of the International Dental Implant Association, you can trust Dr. Coolican to help you find implant dentures that align with your needs, goals, and preferences.
If you are ready to learn how Fix-on-Six® can transform your life, contact us today and schedule your free consultation.