Fixed vs. Removable Dentures: Which is Better?

Dental Implants, Removable Dentures

Fixed vs. Removable Dentures: Which is Better?

When it comes to restoring your smile, you have many options. Fixed and removable dentures both offer solutions for replacing missing or damaged teeth. However, both options offer their own pros and cons, and your dentist can help you decide which restorative treatment will be right for you. Keep reading to learn more about the specific benefits of fixed implants vs. removable dentures.

Removable Dentures

Full or partial removable dentures consist of a gum-colored base and prosthetic teeth. The base is made from resin and is measured to fit the alveolar ridge (bone) that previously held the teeth. The prosthetic teeth are made to look and function just like regular teeth, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence. Removable dentures must be removed and displaced in a cleaning solution overnight. During the day, they are held in place by a special adhesive that can be purchased over-the-counter. Removable dentures are the most cost-effective treatment option and can help support the facial skeleton and the tissues of the mouth and cheeks. They are also best for those individuals that don’t have enough bone and tissue to support dental implants. 

Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures

Fixed implant-supported dentures are attached to implants in your jawbone and are not meant to be removed. These types of dentures are the closest option to mimicking natural teeth in terms of care. You can chew, brush, and not worry about removing them, just like with regular teeth. Patients enjoy these types of dentures because they are low maintenance. They also offer people a chance to forget they have dentures at all. 

Fixed implant-supported dentures require an appropriate amount of bone and tissue support. If you don’t have the required bone mass needed to support fixed implant-supported dentures, a removable option may be a better choice for you. 

Removable Implant-Supported Dentures

Removable implant-supported dentures, also known as snap-on dentures, are similar to traditional removable dentures, but instead of using an adhesive to keep them in place, they are held by dental implants. They are a great option for patients who don’t have enough bone density to support fixed implant-supported dentures but would like something more permanent than traditional removable dentures. Removable dental implant-supported dentures are also less expensive than fixed implant-supported dentures. And some patients prefer a removable option because they feel that it offers them easier access to cleaning. 

 Which Option is Right For Me?

The decision between fixed or removable dentures ultimately lies with you and your dentist. At Shelby Dental, we make certain to present to you will all treatment options available for smile restoration. If you have any questions about which type of dentures is best for you, don’t hesitate to make a consultation appointment with our office!

Shelby Dental Center in Calera, Alabama, is Invested in Your Dental Health

At Shelby Dental, we believe having a smile you can feel great about is essential for your overall quality of life. We offer smile restoration services for patients of any age. We are more than happy to discuss fixed and removable denture options with you. Contact us to learn more about smile-enhancing services and find out which smile restoration treatment is right for you!