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Removable or Fixed Implants: What are my options?

Implant-supported dentures are your best option if you’re missing all or the majority of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures, as opposed to conventional dentures, are secured to your jaw like your natural teeth are, giving them additional stability and preventing bone resorption. An implant-supported denture enables us to strategically place a few dental implants on an arch to support a full set of replacement teeth, as opposed to replacing every missing tooth with a separate single-tooth dental implant. There are two basic classifications of implant-supported dentures in addition to full or partial dentures: fixed or detachable. Here is the distinction.

Fixed Dentures Supported by Implants

A fixed implant-supported denture is not intended to be removed and reinserted every day; rather, these dentures are anchored to your dental implants in a permanent manner. The closest to natural tooth function are fixed implant-supported dentures. You won’t need to remove your teeth and apply a cleaning solution every night before bed to take care of them; you’ll only brush. This kind of restoration is well-liked by patients because it makes denture wearers forget they even have them.

Compared to removable implant-supported dentures, permanent implant-supported dentures have the drawback of requiring additional bone and tissue support. You will need to pick a detachable option if you lack the bone density required for fixed implant-supported dentures, while you may also be a candidate for an alternative surgery called the All-on-4 full arch restoration.

Removable Dentures Supported by Implants

Snap-on dentures are removable implant-supported dentures, which resemble traditional dentures more so since dental implants are utilized to secure them in place rather than adhesives.

Removable implant-supported dentures are a better choice not just for individuals lacking sufficient bone density to sustain fixed dentures, but also for those who are accustomed to wearing conventional dentures and don’t mind removing them at the end of the day for cleaning. Because cleaning is simpler for some individuals, they could even prefer this choice. Additionally, removable dentures supported by implants are less expensive.

The Difference Between Fixed and Removable Dental Implant Options

As you can see, each implant-supported denture choice has advantages and disadvantages. The closest to your original teeth is a fixed implant-supported denture, but it is also more expensive and not all individuals have the necessary bone density to maintain it. Although removable implant-supported dentures are less expensive and easier to maintain, many patients dislike how similar the experience is to wearing conventional dentures.

Ultimately, scheduling a consultation is the best method to determine which is best for you. We’ll review your dental history, inquire about your lifestyle, perform an examination, and talk with you about your treatment objectives. We can choose the dental implant option that best satisfies your needs by taking all of these factors into account.

Find out more about the options for fixed versus removable dental implants.

Call us at 414-475-0588 or book online to make an appointment to speak with our doctor about implant-supported dentures.