Deciding Between Fixed and Removable Restorations

Choosing a Permanent Solution for Your Dental Restoration

If you’re interested in restoring your smile with a permanent, durable, and convenient alternative to traditional dentures, implant-supported restorations may be the right option for you. At Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant, Dr. Candice Vinson skillfully and gently places implant-supported dentures to give patients a confident, healthy smile.

Implant-supported restorations can last decades, and compared to dentures, they offer a more natural appearance and functionality. If you’re deciding whether to choose fixed restorations or removable restorations, here’s a few things to consider before your consultation at Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant. 

Fixed Restorations

Fixed restorations are attached directly to implants in the mouth, and are not intended to be removable, except by your dentist. They have a tight fit and are built out of high-quality ceramics, mimicking the appearance and functionality of your natural teeth perfectly.

Fixed restorations are usually the best choice for patients who have healthy mouths, and the proper amount of gum tissue and jawbone. They offer great aesthetic results, and require almost no care other than standard oral care.

In addition, fixed restorations tend to feel more natural when chewing, and they are more stable. However, they are harder to clean than removable restorations, so care must be taken to properly maintain them, according to your dentist’s instructions.

Removable Restorations (Overdentures)  

Removable restorations are also sometimes called “overdentures”. These restorations attach to 4-6 dental implants in the mouth, but are designed to be removable. In most cases, a “cast bar” is manufactured. This bar connects all of the implants together, and allows overdentures to be snapped into place.

This means that the dentures can be removed easily by the patient to be cleaned. In addition, the gum can also be cleaned and maintained, which is important for patients who have previously had periodontal disease. Overdentures are also less expensive than fixed dentures, and are easier to maintain, repair, and modify to create an ideal lip and mouth shape.

However, overdentures are somewhat less stable than fixed dentures, and are not usually quite as durable.

Which Option Is Right For Me?

This primarily depends on your overall level of oral health, and what your goals are for your oral restoration. If your primary desire is to have a full set of natural teeth which function like real teeth, and you have a healthy mouth, fixed restorations may be right for you.

However, if you are on a tighter budget, or need dentures that are easy to clean to preserve your oral health, overdentures may a better choice.

Dr. Candice Vinson is a qualified implant dentist who can assess your oral health and guide you through the decision-making process to help you understand your options. After an oral exam and consultation, she’ll discuss whether a fixed denture is right for you, or if you may be better off with a removable restoration.

Call us today for an appointment in North Mount Pleasant at (843) 936-1690, or drop by our office in-person to get started at 1149 Oakland Market Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466. We can’t wait to meet you and see you smile!