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What are Permanent Dentures?

Permanent dentures are commonly referred to as dental implants, which are replacement tooth roots that provide a solid foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth. These dentures are specifically created to match your natural teeth. They are different from the standard type of dentures that are used as a removable replacement for missing teeth. 

Advantages of Permanent Dentures

Dental implants have many advantages over standard dentures, including both aesthetic and functional benefits. Because these implanted dentures are designed to bond with the bone in your mouth, they become permanent and feel like your own teeth. This results in a high level of comfort that cannot be achieved with removable dentures. You also won't have to remove your dentures and using adhesives to keep them in place. Dental implants appear to be real teeth, which results in an improved appearance. This helps to improve your self-esteem so that you can smile again with confidence.

Dental implants also help to improve functions such as speech. Often, with removable dentures, the teeth can slip, which can cause an embarrassing slur of words. However, permanent dentures permit you to speak without this issue. Eating also becomes much easier, because your dental implants will function exactly like your former set of permanent teeth. Therefore, you can enjoy the pleasure of eating without having to experience any pain. Finally, dental implants have the advantage of improved oral health. Since the teeth surrounding the implant are left intact, this helps with overall oral hygiene.

Alternatives to Permanent Dentures

Dental implants differ from other types of dentures simply based on the fact that they are, indeed, permanent. Two types of conventional dentures, partial and complete, are available for those that have lost some or all of their teeth. A partial denture, otherwise known as a bridge, is normally composed of replacement teeth that are bonded to a plastic base. They are used when at least one tooth remains in the lower or upper jaw. Complete dentures are produced after your teeth have been removed and the gum has started the healing process. They are usually ready to be placed within the mouth approximately eight to twelve weeks, following the removal of the teeth. Although the cost for dental implants is greater than that of conventional dentures, the implants are far more effective in resembling the look and feel of real teeth. 

Candidates for Permanent Dentures

Dental implants are generally very successful, with nearly all implants lasting a lifetime with proper care. Most individuals can be considered for these permanent dentures, as long as they have healthy gums and sufficient bone to hold an implant. You will have to be dedicated to regular dentist visits and excellent oral hygiene. If you are a heavy smoker, have had radiation therapy on the head and neck area, or have a chronic disorder such as diabetes, you should consult with a dentist to determine if dental implants are an option. Although dental insurance does not currently cover permanent dentures, there may be coverage under your medical health insurance plan. 

Last Updated: January 24, 2017