When you visit our office and you talk about getting implants, we may talk to you about implants that are fixed and implants that are removable. This might raise a lot more questions than answers. One of the first things that you need to remember is that a dental implant is not the same as replacing a tooth. During the dental implant process, a titanium post is implanted into your jaw bone. Over time, that titanium post will fuse with the bone. The titanium post is designed to basically have the same function as your natural roots would. The implant acts as a new permanent root for the crown that is placed over it. The artificial teeth that are adhered to the implant may be permanent or may be removable. So, what’s the difference between permanent and removable dental implants?
Well, a fixed prosthesis is created using zirconia. Zirconia is the hardest substance that is currently used in the dental industry and that can be made to resemble a natural tooth. Zirconia has the ability to have the same feel, the same look and the same function as your natural teeth. So, you can clean zirconia teeth using toothpaste, and you can floss in the same way that you normally would.
On the other side of the coin, removable teeth are designed to snap on and off the titanium dental implant. Many people would prefer this option to having dentures. Dentures have no implants to hold them in place. They are held in place by adhesive. This means that dentures can slip and slide, and it is easy for them to fall out of your mouth. So, what would determine whether you get permanent or removable dental implants?
One thing to consider is the number of teeth that you are missing. If you are just missing one tooth, then a bridge might be the way to go. Or our dentist might be able to make you a removable denture that will be supported by your natural, healthy teeth. However, if you are missing multiple teeth, then a non-removable solution for your teeth might be the best idea.
Another thing to consider is your personal preference. Removable dental implants are going to work just as well as permanent ones. They’re just as comfortable, and they’re going to be just as functional. However, there is a psychological difference that people feel when knowing that their teeth are permanently adhered to their mouth or that they can be removed.
Various factors should be considered when determining if permanent or removable dental implants are right for you. Our team at Implant Dentistry of Virginia can help you during this process. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Virginia Beach.