The issue of losing teeth is one that gets exponentially worse as we get older. One by one, our teeth fall out, leaving us more and more confused and sometimes scared, until all of our original teeth are totally gone and have to be replaced. But enough about baby teeth—let’s talk about our adult teeth! Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one permanent tooth, and about 40 million are missing all their teeth. It’s no surprise that many are turning to dentures to regain the function they once had. But dentures come with their own set of issues, notably the potential for instability and the risk of unintended or awkward moments when they may come loose. The good news is that there is a solution: denture stabilization with mini dental implants.
This process helps to anchor the dentures to implants in your mouth, providing extra strength and stability that allows you to eat, speak, cough, and laugh without any denture mishaps.
Why Denture Stabilization Matters
Imagine wearing your favorite shoes, but they’re one size too big. They still sort of fit, but every step feels a little bit unsure, and you’re constantly worried about tripping over your own feet. Traditional dentures can sometimes feel this way—functional but unstable. Denture stabilization ensures that every laugh, bite, and conversation is free from the worry of discomfort or inconvenience.
Navigating the World of Dentures
Dentures aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The type of dentures we recommend will be carefully selected and tailored to your unique needs.
This tried-and-true option has been used for many years. However, issues with stability and fit often arise over time.
- Full dentures: This longstanding option replaces all your teeth on the top or bottom and sits on your gums.
- Partial dentures: These bridge the gap where only some teeth are missing, relying both on gums and remaining teeth for support.
These dentures are securely connected to mini dental implants and offer much more stability and comfort than their traditional counterparts. In order of increasing stability, they are:
- Overdentures: Sometimes referred to as “snap-on” or “implant-retained” dentures, these are secured with 4-8 dental implants (depending on the quality and volume of your jawbone) and are removable by the patient. In certain cases, we can stabilize your existing denture this way by altering the appliance to fit over the mini implants.
- Semi-removable roundhouse bridge: These “Fix-on-Six” hybrid bridges are made of zirconia, replace all teeth in an arch, and are secured to 6-10 dental implants. They will only be removed by Dr. Zirakian for professional cleanings. This is an alternative to the All-on-4 model that uses conventional implants and is a preferred choice among our patients.
- Non-removable roundhouse bridge: 10-12 mini dental implants anchor these zirconia full-arch dentures, ensuring unparalleled stability and comfort that closely match the functionality of natural teeth.
The denture option that works best for you will be determined by the level of stability you’re looking for, the condition of your jawbone, your specific preferences, and your budget.
We understand that the cost of any major dental procedure can weigh just as heavily as the decision to get the procedure itself. At East Longmeadow Family Dental Center, we’ll help you navigate the tangled web of insurance paperwork to ensure you’re maximizing your benefits and getting the most from your plan. We also partner with various financing companies to offer flexible financing plans for out-of-pocket expenses. Financial stress shouldn’t stand in the way of a transformative medical procedure, and we’re here to help find a plan that works for your budget.
Denture Stabilization Benefits
If your car has a wobbly wheel, you’d want to stabilize it, right? Similarly, denture stabilization helps keep things running smoothly when it comes to the important stuff, like eating and speaking. The benefits of denture stabilization can range from simple fixes to long-term benefits.
- Long-term jaw health: Similar to how plants rely on roots, your jawbone benefits from tooth roots or their next substitute—dental implants. Implant-retained dentures play a crucial role in stimulating the jawbone and preventing potential bone loss.
- Enhanced confidence: Say goodbye to unexpected slipping and shifting. Whether you’re biting into an apple or laughing at a joke, denture stabilization ensures your dentures stay put.
- Natural feel & appearance: It’s not just about a better fit; implant-retained dentures also provide a more natural look and feel, closely resembling real teeth.
- Wise investment: While the upfront cost of implant-retained dentures may seem higher, it’s a strategic, long-term investment. Their durability and minimal maintenance requirements make them a smart choice for many.
Stepping into the World of Denture Stabilization
Curious about how to get started? From beginning to end, the process is simpler than you might think:
- Initial consultation: Your first step is a chat with Dr. Zirakian at East Longmeadow Family Dental Center. Here, your dental health and needs take center stage. Dr. Zirakian will design a treatment plan to meet your needs.
- The big day: With mini dental implants, the implantation process is quick and gentle. Using local anesthesia and a precise technique, Dr. Zirakian will secure the implants and attach your restoration.
- Aftercare: Like any prized possession, your stabilized dentures need care. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine check-ups will help keep your new teeth in good condition.
It’s Time to Get Your Smile Back
Imagine a reality where every smile, every bite, and every word exudes confidence. That’s what denture stabilization offers. If missing teeth have dimmed your smile, it’s time to embrace dentures. With denture stabilization, you’re not settling for just any solution; you’re choosing the very best.
At East Longmeadow Family Dental Center, Dr. Gregory Zirakian brings almost four decades of experience, combining his passion for dentistry with a commitment to delivering exceptional oral care to each patient. With advanced tools and a heartfelt approach, our practice is dedicated to helping you discover your best smile.
So, why wait? Book your free denture consultation today.