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Are Dentures Permanent?

While you can get a set of temporary dentures immediately after tooth extraction to help you cosmetically and also to help you better chew your food, they will not have as exact a fit as permanent dentures — nor will they offer the same level of convenience and comfort.

Permanent dentures are far different from the dentures worn by your grandparents. Older dentures had to be taken out at night and typically adhered to your mouth through suction or even clips. Dental bonding products such as Poligrip were developed to try and eliminate the embarrassment of having your dentures slip out unexpectedly, but there was only so much that could be done.

Advances in dental technologies have improved the creation of dentures so that dentists are now able to offer dentures that are permanently affixed to your jaw. Having permanent dentures gives you a more natural smile profile and removes the inconveniences caused by removable prosthetics.

Are Permanent Dentures the Same as Non-Temporary Dentures?

Yes! Dentists typically don’t use the term “permanent dentures,” instead referring to one of many treatments that can be classified as non-temporary dentures. These can include partial dentures as well as complete sets of teeth.

Permanent dentures eliminate the embarrassment of having to remove teeth at night and having to restrict your eating. When wearing removable dentures, you must avoid foods that are gummy or sticky like peanut butter, raisins, or caramel. Even red meat like steak or any other hard-to-chew food must be avoided. You must cut food into smaller pieces and eat them with liquid to make them easier to process using dentures.

Denture implants, also called permanent or non-temporary dentures, are prosthetic teeth that are fixed directly into your jaw. This means they look, feel, and operate just as your natural teeth did. They won’t shift, fall out, or cause embarrassment by restricting your eating habits.

How Many Types of Permanent Dentures Are There?

There are five common kinds of permanent dentures, including:

1. Full Dentures

Full or complete dentures are an oral prosthetic that can replace all of your missing teeth on an entire arch of your mouth. They are created using a base that is crafted to exactly match the color of your gum tissue. This base then supports a set of natural-looking teeth. They can be attached using a bone graft or sealant, or by being attached to dental implants placed strategically throughout the jaw.

2. Partial Dentures

Partial dentures can be created in the same way, by placing implant abutments into the jaw to restore a small area of missing teeth, restoring the function and look of your smile. These dentures rest around your natural teeth and in some cases can be snapped into clasps located on surrounding teeth for removability.

3. Overdentures

These are also called implant-supported dentures or snap-in dentures. They are extremely stable as they are held in place either by remaining teeth or by implant abutments placed into the jaw.

4. Dental Bridges

A permanent bridge can replace a single missing tooth or several teeth missing in the same area. Your dentist will again use implant abutments in order to anchor the prosthetic teeth firmly into place

5. All-on-4 Implant Dentures

These are also known as full arch dental implant bridges or implant supported dentures. They are designed to hold a complete arch of teeth — upper or lower — on just four implants. Using fewer implants not only saves money, but also reduces the impact on your jaw.

While full and partial dentures are available in both fixed and removable styles, all-on-4 implant dentures and overdentures are only available permanently affixed to your jawbone.

The Pros and Cons of Permanent Dentures

Permanent dentures are a natural-looking —and wearing — solution to the problem of lost teeth. They can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for, and they allow the wearer to do all the things they would do with their natural teeth — including eating well-loved foods.

On the other hand, they do require that you undergo a surgical procedure where implants are placed into the jawbone. Some patients with weakened bone structure may have to undergo bone grafting first, while others may not have enough bone to be eligible for these kinds of dentures.

Because the seating of implants is surgical in nature, it carries similar risks. There can be bruising, inflammation, and discomfort at the site of the implant, and there may be a chance of infection if proper aftercare is not taken. Finally, permanent dentures are more costly than temporary or removable solutions to missing teeth, although dental insurance may pay for part of the costs of the procedure and/or prosthetics.

Thinking About Permanent Dentures in Gardena?

If you have teeth missing and you don’t want the inconvenience or embarrassment that sometimes occurs with temporary solutions, then permanent dentures might be the right choice for you. At Gardena Dental Care, we have access to leading-edge dental techniques and technologies that will help us find the perfect fit for your specific needs and smile goals.

We have many solutions to assist our Gardena clients with making the right choice when they replace their permanent teeth depending on their lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences.

Regain your confidence with a dazzling, permanent smile! Contact us at (424) 295-7885 and let our leading-edge technology help you experience the convenience and natural look that permanent dentures can offer.