Dentures are simply false teeth, though their quality has been improving recently, they are still not ideal for everybody. Dentures can easily slip out into your mouth while speaking or eating if not properly cemented with denture adhesive. This can be very embarrassing. More so, if not fitted properly, the denture may cause infection and decay in other teeth, which can possibly increase the risk of having to undergo a tooth filling on the adjoining tooth.
Whereas, in comparison with dentures, dental implant seems more beneficial and useful than the dentures. Dental implant feels and functions more like the natural teeth. And you can handle them, clean them, and care for them just as you would your natural teeth without any fear or worry.
However, the dental implant is more expensive and not many people have the necessary anatomy or resources needed to carry out a complete tooth replacement for them with dental implants. As a result, a restoration option that blends implants and dentures can be a better intermediate solution. This restoration option is a blend of both removable (denture) and fixed components (dental implant).
There are basically 2 types of restoration options that blends both implants and dentures. These are implant supported dentures and hybrid (fixed-detachable) dentures.
In the case of the implant supported dentures, 2 to 4 implants are done to give necessary support to the overlying removable denture. This increases the stability of the structure greatly while holding the bone rightly in place where the implants are located. implant supported denture combines the advantages of both the removable dentures and implant services at an affordable cost.
On the other hand, the hybrid (fixed-detachable) dentures is a bit advanced, in that it combines the properties of a removable denture and fixed dental implants and couples this with the provision of the gum tissues needed in the prosthesis just like it is done with an overdenture. The hybrid (fixed-detachable) dentures differ from the implant supported dentures in the sense that it uses more implants and offer more support to the teeth.