What’s better fixed or Removable Dentures

When a patient is looking to get a denture or replace an old denture, implant-supported dentures are a much better choice! But implant-supported dentures can be fixed or removable so it is important to understand the difference so that you and your dentist can choose the best denture option for your lifestyle!

An implant-supported denture is a dental prosthesis that uses dental implants for support and stability instead of retention and adhesives like traditional dentures. Dental implants are surgically placed directly into the jaw bone and work like a tooth root to support an implant restoration. In the case of an implant-supported denture, a fixed denture cannot be removed by the patient because it is screwed onto the implants. A removable denture still uses implants for support but is able to be snapped in and out by the patient. That is the main difference between fixed and removable!

Now, deciding which is best for you needs a closer look.

Fixed Denture

Fixed implant-supported dentures look and feel just like natural teeth because they are permanently attached to your dental implants. You sleep in them and practice normal oral care! You can brush your denture just like natural teeth but many patients find the use of a water pik useful for cleaning under the denture to keep your gum tissue clean and healthy.

In the past, fixed implant-supported dentures required more bone support than removable dentures, so they were not an option for patients who had a large amount of bone loss in their jaw. Now, since only four implants are needed to support a full arch, more patients are a candidate for this type of denture. A bone graft may also be performed to strengthen the jaw for fixed implant-supported dentures.

Removable Denture

A removable implant-supported denture is secured with implants but instead of screwing down onto the implants, special attachments are used to allow the patient the ability to take the denture out for oral care. Removable dentures are slightly bulkier than a fixed denture and they need to be removed each night for cleaning. Another advantage for many patients is that removable implant denture options are much more affordable than fixed implant dentures. In addition, implant supported removable dentures are easier to keep clean since they can be taken out everyday for oral hygiene.

Which is better, fixed or removable?

Which type is better depends entirely on the individual. Any implant-supported denture is going to be much more comfortable and natural-looking that traditional dentures. Since every patient has their own needs and goals, there is no one treatment that is perfect for everyone. To determine what type of implant-supported denture will best suit your needs and lifestyle, you need to speak with your dentist and review your options. They will help you pick the perfect denture for you!

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