Removable Dentures or Fixed Implant Dentures

Removable Dentures or Fixed Implant Dentures

Posted by FAY HU DMD on Feb 18 2021, 03:45 AM

Removable Dentures or Fixed Implant Dentures

Tooth loss is a natural phenomenon for everybody - typically around the age of 65 years. Advancement in dental science allows senior citizens to get a set of faux teeth that resemble natural teeth. These dental appliances, called dentures, are a convenient option to replace multiple missing teeth.

Dentures can be broadly classified into two types - removable and fixed. As described by the consumer website of ADA, removable dentures comprise artificial teeth fixed to natural gum-colored plastic bases that can be clipped on and off when necessary. Fixed implant dentures, on the other hand, are permanently fixed to the gums via titanium-rod implants that function as roots.

Besides the removability feature, the two denture types differ in their effect on the underlying bone. Here’s how:

Removable Dentures Speed Up Bone Loss

Bone loss is an inevitable effect of loss of teeth, and this is accelerated in the case of removable dentures. Removable dentures are primarily designed to restore the aesthetic scenario of teeth - which is why there is no replacement for tooth roots. The absence of tooth roots leads to a lack of stimulation to the jaw. In addition to this, the pressure applied by the dentures on the bony ridges accelerates bone loss.

In addition to bone loss, removable dentures come with certain limitations. Patients can mostly eat only soft foods and would have to avoid hard foods. Also, the wearer would have to be watchful when speaking and chewing as the dentures may sometimes detach and fall out.

Fixed Implant Dentures Prevent Bone Loss

Fixed Implant Dentures are adequately anchored to the bone tissue offering much-needed support and stimulation. Since implants are made of titanium, the jaw actually fuses with the implants - restoring the dental setup. This prevents bone loss and retains the jaw as is. So, the dentures need no fit adjustments like removable dentures. These are permanent solutions and do not pose any restrictions and last for over 30 years.


If you have multiple missing teeth and are looking for a solution that restores the aesthetics as well as makes up for the shrinking jaw, then do get in touch with us today so that we may suggest the best denture options for you.

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    Senta Boyer

    Hi Senta, thank you for contacting us! Apologies for the late reply; I was out on vacation last week. For insurance, we are an out of network provider which means only dental insurances with PPO options or out of network options will pay us insurance benefits. Common insurances with PPO options are Metlife, Delta, and Cigna, although there are a variety of them out there. I'm more than happy to help if you are in the process of choosing! I also find that insurance is not always the best option depending on what your needs are. I have had many patients who realize that their yearly premiums for their family do not actually equal to the benefits they receive each year, or patients with treatment plans that exceed the yearly maximum but their yearly payments exceed the yearly maximum as well. I'll email you a document explaining some of the insurance terminologies, and you can also call me at the office at 4076473223 to discuss! My name is Volanta and I am the office manager. Thank you!
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