Removable vs. Fixed Dentures
If you’re one of the millions of Americans dealing with tooth loss, we at Myers Dental can help you navigate your choices and select the perfect solution to rehabilitate your smile. While you’ve likely considered dentures already, it's important to consider whether removable dentures or fixed dentures will be a better fit for you and your lifestyle.
Removable dentures are partial or full rows of prosthetic teeth set into pink “gums” that need to be removed and cleaned each night. While a cost-effective solution, removable dentures are often unstable and can have a negative impact on your confidence, and even contribute to bone loss. Fixed dentures are supported by implants, can only be removed by a dentist, and best of all look and feel just like your natural teeth. Fixed dentures require multiple visits to our office in Austin, TX, and longer healing time, but they can also strengthen your jawbone and contribute to greater confidence overall.
Removable dentures are an economical and relatively quick way to restore your smile following tooth loss. While they do require some getting used to, and will never feel exactly like your original teeth, modern dentures look natural and are more comfortable than ever.
Full dentures are set in a gum-colored acrylic base that fits over your natural gums. You can expect dentures to a feel a little awkward for the first few weeks. Eating and speaking may take a little practice, and this may cause some insecurity in social situations. As you grow more accustomed to your dentures and the muscles in your cheeks tongue learn to hold your dentures in place, your confidence is likely to return. If you experience excessive irritation, we suggest you visit us for a check-up, and we may consider relining your dentures.
Fixed dentures supported by implants can permanently replace a full set of teeth and prevent loss of jawbone. If you opt for fixed dentures, Dr. Myers will surgically place as few as four implants into living tissue for a full row of lower or upper teeth. The implants stimulate the living jawbone tissue like your natural tooth roots and prevent bone loss. Fixed dentures can help maintain the health of your jawbone structure following tooth loss while also restoring a full, beautiful smile.
Our patients often report greater confidence and satisfaction with their fixed dentures. They never have to worry that their dentures will slip and can eat and speak normally. Fixed dentures reportedly feel much more like our patients’ natural teeth and greatly improve their quality of life. Implant supported fixed dentures do require adequate gum and bone structure to anchor the implant. Some patients may not have enough jawbone density after years of traditional dentures, but we may also be able to perform bone or gum grafts to supplement this requirement. Whether you choose removable or fixed dentures, we can help you smile confidently again.
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