Tooth loss is no fun and lots of people either have no teeth at all or are missing all of the teeth in one jaw. This means wearing removable dentures that rest on the gums. For some people, this can lead to a lack of confidence when socialising, or difficulty in chewing. Dental implants provide an excellent solution for supporting new teeth for a second chance at having stable and functional teeth that you can have confidence in.
One major consideration that people must make is whether to have fixed or removable teeth supported by their implants.
What Is the Difference?
With removable implant teeth, you can take the teeth out to clean them and to clean your gums. These teeth should also be removed at night, whilst sleeping. However, when in the mouth, your teeth would still feel very secure. Permanent implant teeth cannot be removed except by your dentist, so you would need to brush and floss your implant teeth just like natural teeth.
How Can I Choose Whether to Get Fixed or Removable Teeth?
The choice is partly down to preference, but we find most people when asked, immediately say they prefer fixed teeth. After all, the prospect is highly appealing and fixed teeth make it easy to forget you lost your natural teeth. Some people, and especially anyone who has worn full removable dentures for many years, will be thrilled with having removable teeth because the improvements will be considerable.
Every individual patient has unique needs and dental health and there are factors which need to be considered so it is best to be guided by your implant dentist’s experience. We must consider your bone and soft tissue support, as well as your ability and motivation to keep your new teeth clean.
Assessing Your Jawbone and Gums
One of the first things to be evaluated by your implant dentist is the health of your jawbone and your gums. These are the structures that will support your dental implants, and which will help determine the overall aesthetics of your new teeth. If you have lost quite a bit of jawbone or gum tissue, then this could affect your choice of treatment. Removable implant teeth look much the same as dentures and have pink acrylic flanges that can replace the gums. Permanent implant teeth may benefit from better support, and you could need bone and soft tissue grafts before having your implants.
Your Ability to Look After Your Dental Implants
Usually, people who may have difficulties looking after dental implants are better suited to having removable teeth that clip or snap onto the dental implants. These prostheses are simple to look after, and it’s much easier to brush the implants in the mouth. Permanent implant teeth require a little more commitment to keeping them clean, and it’s important to remember that the tissues around the implants are just as prone to infection as around natural teeth. These tissues can develop an infection very similar to gum disease which is a common cause of tooth loss.
Other Factors to Consider
Additional factors include the costs because both options are made quite differently. Removable implant teeth are generally dentures that have special fixtures in the fitting surface designed to clip onto dental implants. Each permanent set of teeth for a whole jaw is essentially a large bridge which typically has higher manufacturing costs.
There is a lot to think about when deciding which dental implants will best suit you, but we are here to assist you. Our experienced dental implant dentists at Exeter Advanced Dentistry can carefully explain each option, helping you to make the right decision.