Implant dentures are one of the most preferred tooth replacement options today. You can choose between removable and fixed (permanent) implant dentures, but which ones are the most suitable for you?
There are several factors to consider when it comes to deciding on permanent or removable implant dentures to replace your missing teeth, and we will explore these here.
- The number of missing teeth
If you’re only missing one tooth, fixed implant dentures would be an ideal option for you. However, if you’ve lost all of your teeth or several teeth in a row, you would be better off with the removable option.
- The amount of tissue and bone support available
For successful implant placement, you need to have sufficient bone density to ensure a sturdy foundation for the implants. Fixed implant dentures would work well for you if you have adequate bone and tissue support; if not, you’d need the removable option.
- Ease of maintenance
It is also important to consider the oral hygiene procedures required to keep each type of implant dentures in good condition. Removable implant dentures are typically easier to clean than their fixed counterparts; special floss threads and interproximal brushes are needed to keep your fixed implant dentures clean, and this can be expensive.
- Your budget
Fixed implant dentures are usually more expensive than removable ones, so they may not always be an option for folks on a fixed income or tight budget. However, the “all-on-4” concept, which allows you to replace a full arch of teeth with just four implants, could be a budget-friendly fixed implant option.
So, to recap, the condition of your teeth, gums, bone,and other supporting tissues, as well as your financial capability, will largely determine the best option for you when it comes to choosing between fixed and removable dentures. Sometimes, the choice simply boils down to personal preference. Be sure to consult with your dentist, as they can play an instrumental role in helping you make an informed decision.