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Removable vs. Non-Removable Denture Implants: Which Is Right for You?

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Implants, What are They?

Dental implants are a solution to missing teeth as they can replace missing roots and support artificial teeth. The artificial root is a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone that can securely support artificial teeth or dentures.

Implants can be beneficial for the structure of your mouth and jaw as missing teeth for a prolonged amount of time can cause deterioration of your jawbone.

Implants act as an anchor to support replacement teeth and are a good option if you have healthy gums and jawbones. If you are curious about your candidacy for dental implants, please schedule a consultation with your denturist.

How are Denture Implants Different From Traditional Dentures?

Partial & Complete Dentures

Traditional dentures are removable dental appliances that act as missing teeth to make eating, talking, and smiling feel more natural. Partial and complete dentures rest on the gums or attach to remaining natural teeth.

Complete dentures are a full set of artificial upper-and-lower-teeth set on a gum-coloured acrylic base. The horseshoe-shaped appliance stays firmly set in the mouth by suction or, if necessary, denture adhesive. Partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth and can be attached to remaining natural teeth.

Conventional styles of dentures are less invasive, but they require daily cleanings to avoid bad breath and bacteria build-up and may cause difficulties when speaking or eating. Additionally, traditional dentures do not support the jaw or jawbone, which can cause significant bone loss over time.

Non-Removable vs. Removable Denture Implants

Overdentures and fixed dentures are both styles of implant-supported dentures that provide added stability to the appliance. Both methods are attached to metal dental implants in the jawbone, which provide considerable security to the device and integrity of the jaw.

Removable Denture Implants

Removable denture implants, or overdentures, are dental appliances that attach to small implants in your gums. They are sometimes referred to as snap-on dentures as they “snap-on” to the implants in your mouth and are easily removable for eating, cleaning, and sleeping. 

Implant-supported removable dentures are beneficial for patients that have struggled with eating and speaking with traditional styles. Additionally, they can help to support the gums and jaw, preventing gum and bone loss.

Non-Removable Denture Implants

3D rendering of an overdenture attaching to 4 implants on the front-most part of the bottom jaw

Implant-supported fixed dentures are permanent oral appliances that attach to dental implants in the jaw. These permanent fixtures can be attached in a partial or complete style, with the former also being referred to as fixed-implant bridges.

These devices can’t be removed at home and are cemented into place by your denturist. They are comparable to natural teeth in that you brush and floss as usual to keep your mouth and gums healthy.

Which Is Right for You?

Although both styles of dentures are similar in that they both sit on dental implants, some differences may make one more suitable for your unique needs. 

Removable dentures are beneficial for individuals who prefer to remove and clean their dentures after meals and before bed. Alternatively, fixed dentures closely resemble natural teeth for minimal changes to proper cleaning.

Additionally, fixed dentures may take longer to adjust to as they can shift slightly in the mouth when chewing or speaking.

Several personal factors, including your lifestyle and experience with dentures, may alter your eligibility for certain types of implant-supported dentures. A no-obligation consultation with your denturist will give you the professional opinion you’ll need for an educated decision.

Written by Wade Klimpke

Wade Klimpke is a past President and long-standing member of the College of Alberta Denturists. Wade leads a number of industry working groups which help advance and monitor old, current, and new industry developments. This has allowed him to gain a number of industry relationships with implant dentistry suppliers in Canada and the United States.
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