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The Differences of Fixed and Removable Dentures

Posted on 9/15/2015 by Sergio Ortegon
A pair of dentures floating inside a glass jar.The word "denture" actually refers to several different types of false teeth. When the word is heard in conversation, or seen in writing, an image appears of sets of pearly teeth and pink gums sitting in a full glass of water. These dentures would be removable. Dentures are frames holding replacing one or more teeth that have been removed due to various causes. Dentures can not only be removable, but can also be fixed in place permanently. The two of these have both obvious differences and differences that are lesser known.

Removable dentures are different than fixed dentures because, well, they can be removed. These types of dentures also increase bone loss in the jaw. Eventually the dentures will lose their fit due to this, or other complications. Additionally, the wearer has to be careful about the foods they eat, and must stick to mostly soft foods. Dentures must be cleaned in a special way so food does not get trapped beneath them and they require much more care.

Implanted dentures are more like bridges, permanently implanted, and therefore will not wear down the bones in the jaw. They do not loosen or slip off, and the wearer doesn't have to worry about the types of foods they eat. Implanted dentures also have a more natural look to them, and feel more natural as well. They can be cleaned and cared for just as natural teeth are, and little to no extra time is needed to care for them.

Deciding on a denture is ultimately up to the wearer. Both are solutions to missing teeth and provide the wearer with a complete smile once more. However, implants require more work and money to have compared to removable dentures. A person looking for dentures should compare and contrast the two in order to find the perfect denture type for them personally.

Please contact us if you have any questions about removable dentures.
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