Fixed vs. Removable Prosthetics
- Posted on: Oct 15 2018
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Whether you’ve lost teeth due to injury, disease, or something else, you may be interested in restoring the look and feel that your mouth once had. Especially if your specific situation creates issues with chewing, swallowing, or speaking, you might be looking for a fix to implement sooner than later.
Generally, there are two options when it comes to prosthetics for the teeth. There are fixed and removable prosthetics to choose from, and there are pros and cons to both options. Keep reading to learn about these prosthetics and which might be best for you.
The most common version of removable prosthetics that you are probably familiar with are dentures. These once were the only option for people who lost many teeth and needed a way to maintain their ability to eat, speak, and look like themselves.
Some reasons why you may not love removable prosthetics include their increased likelihood of slipping or moving when you eat or speak. Removable prosthetics are also linked to increased bone loss in the jaw.
They are still a good option for people who cannot have fixed prosthetics, most often due to bone density issues or gum health.
Fixed prosthetics include bridges, crowns, or other prosthetics that can only be removed by a dentist. These are attached to the bone in the jaw with titanium posts, which make them more sturdy and less likely to move. Because they are more stable, you are likely to eat and speak more normally and without distraction.
Fixed prosthetics may not be a good option for you if you have gum disease or bone issues in your jaw. In general, they are recommended for patients who can support them. This is because fixed prosthetics provide stimulation and support that helps prevent bone loss.
If you’re curious about prosthetics to give you a more natural-looking smile, or just to help you eat and speak as you normally do, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us. Give us a call today at (713) 943-9832 to discuss individual artificial teeth, bridges, and dentures. We will discuss your options and what may work best for you.
Posted in: Restorative Dentistry