Dental Implants – Difference Between Fixed and Removable

added on: January 30, 2023

For adults who are missing all upper and/or lower teeth, it can be embarrassing and frustrating. Loose-fitting dentures not only require constant attention, they can limit eating and speaking with confidence.

With conventional dentures, the bone mass of the jaw deteriorates over time, leading to ill-fitting dentures and denture sores. A conventional denture requires the need for messy adhesives and can cause sore spots on tender gums.

If you are struggling with these issues, implant-supported full dentures may be the solution.

Dental implants provide a stable foundation for dentures that stay securely and comfortably in place, and can help to restore your chewing capacity. By stimulating the jawbone, implants help to maintain jaw bone mass and facial structures over time. This provides a stable tooth replacement solution that allows you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.


If you have lost all of your teeth in one or both jaws, you can choose a permanently-anchored dental implant bridge or a removable prosthesis that is connected to two or more dental implants, called an overdenture.

Whichever type you choose, dental implants provide many advantages when compared to traditional tooth replacement options, including:

• The look, feel and function closest to that of natural teeth

• No need to be ground down to serve as supports

• Stimulation to bone tissue and gums to ensure attractive results while helping to maintain facial structures

• No need for adhesives or pastes

• Eliminating discomfort and insecurity often associated with poorly fitting dentures


You will begin with a thorough examination. The jaw is scanned to check the condition of your bone tissue and to determine the placement of the implants. An impression is made of your jaw and existing teeth, forming an important platform for your treatment.

There are two options for dental implant placement, depending on your clinical situation. In a single-stage procedure, the implants are placed and temporary abutments attached. For a two-stage procedure, the dental implants are inserted, covered by gum tissue and left to heal for a period of time. The potential for full arch attachment the same day your implants are placed depends on different considerations and varies for each patient.

Once the implants have fully integrated with the bone tissues, in a single-stage procedure, the final (or permanent) prosthesis is placed. For a two-stage procedure, a second surgery is required to reveal the dental implants for placement of the final prosthesis.

When the prosthesis is ready, it is simply attached to the dental implants. This is usually followed by several visits to ensure the functionality of your new teeth.

The difference between the Fixed and Removable options is:

FIXED OPTION – In this option, the replacement teeth are secured directly to the implants. Fixed bridges are not held in a gum-colored base. For a permanently-anchored dental implant bridge, several dental implants are placed to form a good foundation. The abutments are attached to the dental implants and the bridge is fitted in place.

REMOVABLE OPTION – A removable option holds the replacement teeth in a gum-colored base. This is an overdenture, which involves placing two or more dental implants that will be used as a secure foundation to attach the prosthesis. For the overdenture, either “locator” abutments, ball abutments or a small bar between the abutments are used. The prosthesis is fitted with corresponding attachment components underneath.

FOR BOTH OPTIONS – The implant-supported bridge or overdenture is put in place. The implants provide a strong foundation to support the prosthesis and hold it securely in place.

In addition to offering dental implants, our Shelby Township dental office offers a complete dental care environment. Our patients benefit by an office that incorporates some of the industry’s latest imaging and scanning technology. These features often help to minimize treatment, speed healing, and enhance comfort. (Learn more at: DrBarbatTechnology)

Additionally, I provide the advanced skills of neuromuscular dentistry, having completed some of the nation’s most advanced levels of training and attaining Fellowship status at the renowned LVI Institute. Neuromuscular measures help to create proper alignment for a harmonious bite, which can help patients avoid future problems that are associated with bite misalignment.

Our Macomb County dental office also enjoys a reputation for making patient comfort a priority at every visit. In addition to numerous comfort features, we offer oral and I.V. sedation (“twilight sleep”).

If you are considering dental implants, take advantage of a special offer: DrBarbatDentalImplantOffer This provides adults who are interested in dental implants with a free consultation and complimentary imaging. With this information, people receive a more personalized assessment of what may be needed. From there, the decision of going forward is easier as they are a much more informed consumer.

During your private, no-cost consultation, I’ll answer your questions thoroughly and make recommendations based on your needs and preferences. You’re also invited to “meet” me prior through a brief video: MeetDrBarbat

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