Dental implants consist of small titanium posts or plates that are implanted into the jawbone. The bone grows around the artificial root and secures it in place. Once the post is secure, the artificial tooth will be fixed on top of the implant. These artificial teeth can be permanently fixed on the implants or made so they can be removed. Removable dental implants consist of the implanted post, but instead of a permanent artificial tooth fixed to the top, a tooth that can be removed and snapped back on or dentures can be attached to the implant. This provides a worry-free solution to dentures that may shift and slide when only held in place by an adhesive.
Removable teeth are easier to clean and maintain than permanent implants, which require a routine of brushing and flossing just as you would with natural teeth. Even though implants will not decay, they do need regular cleaning and care. If you feel this could be difficult for you to maintain your implanted teeth, then you may want to choose removable dental implants.
Upper dentures often completely cover the mouth plate, making it difficult to enjoy food. With removable dentures, the four implants are on the roof of the mouth so the dentures can be smaller, making it easier to eat naturally. Lower dentures may be more difficult to wear than upper dentures because of the lack of suction to help keep the denture in place. With two implants in the lower jawbone, you will not have to worry about holding the denture in place with your cheek or tongue.
Implant-supported dentures that are fixed in your mouth may reduce bone loss. Dental implants are able to give the support and stimulation needed to stop bone loss by being firmly anchored into the bone tissue. This is possible because of the unique qualities of the titanium metal posts that are able to fuse with the living bone. Because of this strong anchorage, implants are able to make a solid foundation for the dentures that will be fixed.
People who choose fixed dentures often say this type of denture feels much more like their natural teeth and has improved their quality of life by not having to worry about their dentures. Whereas the majority of people who have removable dentures for their lower teeth have said, they are not satisfied with their comfort and stability. Removable dental implants may be the best long-term solution for your teeth because they may last for years.
Talk to our dentist at Implant Dentistry of Virginia to learn more. Contact us today to book your dental appointment at our office in Virginia Beach.