Fixed vs. Removable: Comparing Implant-Supported Denture Treatments

Here’s some good news: thanks to the latest dental innovations, Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss can offer more natural and secure smiles than ever before for patients who have lost most or all their teeth. With the added support and stability of dental implants, implant-supported dentures are some of the most popular ways to restore functional, beautiful smiles. When it comes to implant-supported dentures, patients in Skokie, IL, have options. Below, we’re going over some of the key benefits of both removable implant-supported dentures, and fixed implant-supported dentures, such as All-on-4®. Depending on your lifestyle and desires, as well as your oral health, either may be a more attractive option.

If you’re looking for a dependable and aesthetic alternative to traditional dentures in the Skokie area, reach out to The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Drs. Stein or Weiss can provide you with a natural-looking, secure bite through implant-supported dentures. Contact our team now at (847) 676-3500 to schedule a consultation.

Similarities

Both fixed and removable implant-supported dentures use the strength of strategically placed dental implants to provide greater stability than traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures use a unique locking mechanism to fit dentures securely into place with implants, so that slipping and sliding dentures, as well as denture adhesives and pastes, are a thing of the past.

Each method also requires all remaining teeth to be extracted. Four dental implants are then placed into both the top and bottom jaw. These implants are the foundation which creates the stable base for both removable and fixed implant-supported dentures. Both solutions also involve your general dentist or prosthodontist fabricating prosthetic teeth that achieve the most natural look and feel for your smile. With either option, patients can avoid most dietary restrictions that traditional dentures require and gain back the freedom to confidently and comfortably eat, drink, and smile.

Differences

While initial treatment procedures for both types are largely the same, both differ in the types of dentures that are placed and the timeline of treatment. Note that with either implant-supported denture treatment, candidates must be in good health without history of autoimmune diseases, diabetes, or related conditions that could affect healing. Drs. Stein or Weiss can help you determine if you are a good candidate for treatment at your initial consultation.

With removable implant-supported dentures, patients are given temporary dentures the day dental implants are placed. These temporary dentures must be worn for 8 to 12 weeks during the crucial osseointegration period, where dental implants assimilate with the natural jaw bone tissues. During this period, a custom-fitted and designed set of dentures are fabricated by a dental lab. Once completed, these final dentures tightly secure onto four posts attached to each implant on the top and bottom jaw. While these dentures can be removed for at-home cleanings, they are designed to be worn while eating, drinking, and sleeping.

With fixed implant-supported dentures, temporary, non-removable dentures are provided the same day implants are placed. (You may be familiar with the concept “Teeth-In-A-Day®,” which is associated with the popular All-on-4® technique.) These temporary dentures are securely attached to the implants in each jaw, creating a permanent teeth replacement. After the osseointegration period, patients receive the final set of permanent, custom-fabricated dentures from the dental lab. These dentures are not removable; therefore, patients must schedule quarterly or bi-annual cleanings with Drs. Stein or Weiss to maintain optimal oral health.

It’s important to note that non-removable dentures can pose more of an issue for people who are susceptible to periodontal disease or previously suffered bone loss from periodontal disease.

A Denture Alternative That Works For You

Fixed vs. Removable: Comparing Implant-Supported Denture TreatmentsIs a removable implant-supported denture or fixed implant supported denture, such as All-on-4®, right for you? Our team can walk you each technique in greater detail, and discuss treatment options with you based on your health history and current lifestyle, history of periodontal disease, and the structure and health of your jaw. At The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, we always communicates and collaborate directly with any participating dental specialists, such as prosthodontists or oral surgeons, to ensure the fit, look, and feel of your permanent dentures is natural and comfortable.

Let Drs. Stein and Weiss and our staff at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry help you achieve the secure bite and beautiful smile you desire! Call us today.

 

We’re here for you.

Dr. Abraham E. Stein

4711 W. Golf Rd, Suite 912
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 676-3500

Located at the corner of Skokie Blvd and Golf Rd., adjacent to the Double Tree hotel

Providing Dental Care For the Communities of:

Skokie, Evanston, Des Plaines, Wilmette, Niles, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Northfield, Winnetka

Convenient Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Dr. Abraham E. Stein

From start to finish, a fabulous experience (sounds like an oxymoron when talking about "dental visits", but actually true). From stepping in and encountering a superbly run front desk and incredible dental hygienist (whom I have seen for 20+ years), great dental assistants, and of course the master himself -- Dr. Stein. He has done amazing things to my 65+ year-old choppers such that they are in the top tier of my peers. Need I say more?

Paul Ringel, M.D. Skokie, IL Dental Patient October 20, 2017

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