Implant-supported dentures and fixed denture implants are both massive improvements over conventional removable dentures. Yet many people are unaware these options exist, and still others are unclear about the differences between the two types of tooth replacement methods.
Are you in one of those groups? If so, you must consider several key factors before deciding which denture alternative is right for you.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Simply put, implant-supported dentures consist of a removable set of teeth, or overdenture, supported by dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium tooth roots that are anchored within the jawbone to provide structural stability to artificial teeth. To support a full denture plate, at least two strategically placed titanium posts are needed.
The removable overdenture snaps onto the titanium posts and special attachments hold it securely in place. At night, the artificial teeth need to be removed and cleaned like conventional dentures.
What Are Fixed Denture Implants?
As the name suggests, this tooth replacement option is fixed in place. The artificial teeth remain in the mouth permanently.
Daily care for fixed denture implants is simple — just brush and floss as usual. That, along with regular oral surgeon evaluations, is all that’s necessary for them to last a lifetime.
Fixed dentures require four strategically placed titanium posts to support an arch of teeth. For that reason, oral surgeons call these replacement teeth all-on-four dental implants.
Which Teeth Replacement Alternative Should You Choose?
Both tooth replacement options stop bone loss in the jaw, and both can restore a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
So which is better for you? Several factors are involved in making this decision. Oral surgeons consider jawbone density along with the potential for titanium post distribution, the patient’s bite and the risk of complications.
However, your oral surgeon’s opinion isn’t the only one that matters. Your input is essential if you want to be satisfied with your tooth replacement method. If you hate the idea of removable teeth and would prefer fixed denture implants, say so. Or, if you’re on a tight budget and implant-supported dentures are more within your means, let your oral surgeon know. Working together, you can find a solution that meets your needs.
If you have missing teeth and want a fully functional smile that looks and feels completely natural, consulting with a local oral surgeon with expertise in tooth restoration is the best way to understand which denture alternative is right for you. In the greater Salt Lake City area, the oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah are the go-to professionals for expert advice and treatment.
As tooth restoration specialists with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield can explain all your options for replacing missing teeth. Contact one of our three convenient northern Utah offices — in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele — and schedule a consultation to discuss implant-supported dentures and fixed denture implants today.