If you are looking to replace multiple lost teeth, you may be searching for an alternative to traditional dentures. Implant dentures are anchored into the mouth by dental implants—which are inserted surgically into your jawbone and have abutments attached that hold the specially designed dentures in place. Implant dentures are available in both fixed and removable styles. Here’s how you can decide which style is right for you.
First, it is important to know the difference between fixed and removable implant dentures. Removable dentures have to fit over connectors that can be detached and re-attached by the patient. Removable implant dentures are a reality thanks to recent advances in dental technology, which allow the stability and security of implant dentures but also the option of removal.
Weigh the following factors when determining if fixed or removable implant dentures are right for you:
- Oral hygiene: Fixed implant dentures must be brushed and flossed like natural teeth, but actually cleaning them can be a challenge for some, especially those with dexterity issues. Specifically, cleaning under and around the implant dentures may lead food to accumulate in your gums. People with good manual dexterity typically have no difficulty brushing and flossing implant dentures the same way they would their natural teeth. However, for patients with limited dexterity or older patients, brushing and flossing properly may be difficult—which can make removable implant dentures a better choice. Removable dentures can be taken out of the mouth, and then both the dentures and the supporting implants can be cleaned thoroughly with ease.
- Oral health: Failing to maintain implant dentures properly can lead to the development of gum disease. There is a specific variety of this disease for patients who also have dental implants, called “peri-implantitis.” However, if your current oral health is poor or you have a history of significant oral health issues, then removable implant dentures probably are the better choice. Having the option to remove your dentures ensures that you can perform proper maintenance and, with it, keep your gums healthy.
Not sure which type of implant denture is right for you? The good news is that you can switch from fixed to removable, or vice versa, with relative ease. The implants should be fully compatible with either type of connection. However, the denture itself may not always be able to be compatible with the new connection, so switching may entail having new replacement teeth manufactured.
Implant Dentures in Chicago
Choosing which type of denture is right for you is a big decision. Hyde Park implant dentists at University Dental Professionals recommend consulting the opinion of a dentist well versed in both dentures and implant dentistry. The staff of University Dental Professionals has the expertise you need. We can conduct personalized assessments of your oral health, manual dexterity, and other factors that contribute to whether fixed or removable dentures are right for you. To learn more, call our office at (773) 684-5702 to schedule a consultation.
University Dental Professionals is proud to provide state-of-the-art oral health care to patients in the Hyde Park area of Chicago.