Fixed or Removable Denture

Partial vs full denture - Fixed or removable denturesIn dentistry, dentures refer to several types of prosthetics used in the full or partial dental restoration of patients’ teeth.

Fixed and removable dentures are the two most common types of dentures, with variations such as fixed partial dentures (e.g. bridges), removable partial dentures, and removable full dentures.

Partial dentures, whether fixed or removable, are used when patients are missing only a part of their teeth and a full dental restoration is not needed.

Your dentist can help to determine which type of denture is most suitable for you, however, to be better prepared on you next dental visit, it doesn’t hurt to go over the following pros and cons comparison between fixed dentures and removable dentures:

Fixed Dentures – Pros & Cons

Fixed dentures are the most comfortable choice for most patients needing full or partial dental reconstruction.

Pros of Fixed Dentures

  • They’re stable, offering a natural smile and chewing function;
  • They prevent bone loss;
  • There is no need for adhesives, fixed dentures are secured in place with implants and patients cannot remove them themselves;
  • Fixed dentures offer better facial expression and lip support;
  • Patients with fixed dentures are more confident when speaking and chewing, because there is no risk of the dentures moving or falling out.

Cons of Fixed Dentures

  • They’re more expensive than removable dentures;
  • They can cause gum inflammation problems if not properly cleaned;
  • Not all patients are good candidates for a fixed denture.

Removable Dentures – Pros & Cons

As their name suggests, removable dentures can be removed at home by patients, an aspect, which medically speaking does come with some advantages.

Pros of Removable Dentures

  • Since they can be removed, they can be cleaned thoroughly, which prevents gum inflammation problems;
  • They’re easy to adjust should it become necessary;
  • They can be significantly cheaper than fixed dentures.

Cons of Removable Dentures

  • Removable dentures put pressure on the bone structure of the jaw, accelerating bone loss;
  • Patients need to resort to the use of adhesives and pastes to secure removable dentures in place;
  • Chewing hard food becomes difficult;
  • With time removable dentures can become wobbly or loose, which causes discomfort for the patient and impaired speech;
  • Removable dentures don’t offer lip support and facial muscle support;
  • Removable dentures must be replaced if they become too loose or too uncomfortable.

Which is Better?

By comparing the pros and cons of each type of denture, it’s evident that fixed dentures are the better solution.

However, since not all patients have the required bone density to qualify for a fixed denture, or not all patients would be willing to undergo bone grafting for a fixed denture, for some patients removable dentures remain the only option.

Then there is the cost difference between the two, which again could turn the balance in favour for removable dentures for some patients.

Ultimately, the decision rests with the patient and whether they qualify for fixed dentures or not.

Which clinic to choose to get premium treatment at an affordable cost?

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