Dental implants are a versatile restoration option. Implants can support a crown, a bridge, or a full set of dentures. When it comes to implant supported dentures, there are both fixed and removable options available. Both have their pros and cons, but there are definite advantages to both types over traditional dentures:
- Bone preservation. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone, which helps to preserve the strength and health of the bone.
- Secure hold. Implant supported dentures stay more securely in place when eating and talking than traditional dentures because the implants provide a solid anchor.
- Greater bite strength. With implant supported dentures you’ll be able to eat more different kinds of foods because you’ll have a stronger bite.
Whichever option you choose, fixed or removable, implant support dentures provide a quality restoration for missing or hapless teeth.
Fixed Implant Supported Dentures
Fixed implant supported dentures are permanently attached to your implants and only your dentist can remove them. You’ll wear them full time, 24 hours a day including while you’re sleeping.
Pros of fixed dentures include:
- They stay in place more securely than any other type of dentures.
- You can brush them like you would your natural teeth.
- They provide the highest level of comfort.
Cons of fixed dentures include:
- It is necessary to clean the space between your dentures and gums, which may require special tools such as a water flosser.
- They are the most costly option for dentures.
Removable Implant Supported Dentures
Removable implant supported dentures snap onto the implants and are removable. You take them out every night to clean and soak them.
Pros of removable dentures include:
- They are easy to clean because you can remove them to brush and soak them in denture cleaner.
- They don’t require as much bone strength so they are ideal for patients who have some bone loss.
- They are less expensive than fixed dentures.
Cons of removable dentures include:
- They are bulkier and may not fit as comfortably as fixed dentures.
- Although they fit more securely than traditional dentures, they aren’t as secure as fixed dentures.
How To Choose The Right Option For You
When choosing between fixed and removable implant supported dentures, there are a few factors to consider. The condition of your jaw bone needs to be evaluated by your dentist before a recommendation can be made. If you have sustained some bone loss due to missing teeth you may not be a candidate for fixed dentures or for implant supported dentures at all. However, a bone graft procedure can fortify the bone in your jaw and encourage regeneration to prepare for dental implants.
You should also consider your personal priorities and preferences for your dentures. Would you prefer fixed or removable dentures for ease of cleaning? Is budget an important factor? Do you want the most comfortable dentures? You and your dentist can discuss the pros and cons of both types of implant supported dentures to determine which option would best suit your needs.
Meridian Dental Group Provides Fixed and Removable Implant Supported Dentures
Thanks to the invention of implant supported dentures, you no longer have to deal with the drawbacks of traditional dentures, such as messy adhesives, shifting dentures, and pinched gums. Implant supported dentures provide you with replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. Whether you choose fixed or removable dentures, you’ll experience the benefits such as healthy bone structure in your jaw and the ability to eat your favorite foods. Talk to your dentist today about implant supported dentures.