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How to Choose between Fixed or Removable Implant-Supported Dentures

smiling older couple outdoors at the parkIt’s no secret that dental implants are currently the leading tooth replacement option. They can be restored with dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. When it comes to multiple or full-arch teeth replacement with implants, patients can choose between fixed (permanent) or removable prostheses. But there are several factors that go into determining the most appropriate option; how can you know which one is right for you? Today, Dr. Chris Tye – your Colleyville implant dentist – and the team at Texas Oral Surgery Specialists will discuss the many factors that go into choosing between a fixed or removable denture to restore your Bedford dental implants.

If you are interested in learning more about teeth replacement with Bedford dental implants, schedule a consultation with your Colleyville implant dentist today. Call us at 817-552-3223 to book your appointment.

Factor #1: How Many Teeth are You Missing?

First, it is important to understand that most of the time, when discussing removable vs fixed teeth, we are referring to patients who have either lost ­– or will have to lose – all of their teeth on one or both arches. For example, some patients have been missing all of their teeth for years. Others may still have teeth remaining, but they have a hopeless prognosis and will therefore need to be extracted before implants can be placed. If you are only missing a single tooth or a few teeth, you will probably be best suited for a non-removable option.

Factor #2: How Much Bone and Tissue Support is Available?

Adequate bone density is required for successful implant placement. In other words, Dr. Tye needs a solid foundation in which to position the implants. Generally, patients with ideal bone and tissue support are eligible for a fixed implant solution. Those who are lacking bone volume may be better suited for a removable option. There is one exception to this rule, however, as some patients with bone loss may qualify for permanent full-arch teeth replacement using the All-on-4® treatment method.

Factor #3: Ability to Clean Your Prosthesis

One major factor to consider when deciding between a fixed or removable prosthesis is the oral hygiene regimen necessary to maintain your restoration. For example, a removable prosthesis allows for easy cleaning, while a fixed prosthesis may be more challenging. Oftentimes, special floss threaders or interproximal brushes are necessary for cleaning underneath a fixed restoration.

Factor #4: Patient Preference

While both removable and fixed options have a lot to offer, some patients already have a clear idea of what they desire. For example, someone who has been wearing a traditional denture for years may be perfectly happy with a removable “snap-on” denture. However, there is an existing emotional factor for many individuals, as well. Some patients simply do not like the idea of having to remove their teeth at all. In these cases, a fixed prosthesis may be preferable.

Factor #5: Cost of Treatment

Generally speaking, a permanent prosthesis requires more dental implants when compared to a removable restoration. Therefore, fixed options typically cost more than their removable counterparts. However, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, the All-on-4 concept can replace a full arch of teeth using only four implants.

Contact Your Colleyville Implant Dentist to Learn More

If you are looking for a reliable teeth replacement option, Bedford dental implants could be the answer you’ve been seeking. To learn more about fixed vs removable dentures, contact our Colleyville, TX practice online or give us a call at 817-552-3223.

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