Removable dentures offer one of the most cost-effective methods for replacing missing teeth. If not fitted properly, however, they may start to loosen and shift, causing discomfort, hindering speech and sometimes causing embarrassment.
Denture wearers often complain about having to handle messy and sticky denture adhesives – necessary for holding your artificial teeth in position. After wearing removable dentures over a long period, some people even experience a particular side effect known as jawbone shrinkage.
If you have been wearing removable dentures that are poorly fitted and wobbly, it may be time to consider permanent dentures.
What are permanent dentures?
Permanent dentures are sometimes referred to as implant-supported dentures, implant dentures, fixed dentures or non-removable dentures. A permanent denture consists of a row of prosthetic teeth connected to a framework that is held in position by dental implants.
The biggest advantage with permanent dentures is that patients can talk, eat, chew, bite, talk and smile with more confidence. Unlike wearing removable dentures, they don’t have to worry that their prosthetic teeth may slip and slide anymore.
With the dentures firmly attached to implants, you won’t have to handle messy adhesives. The implants function like natural dental roots, providing a rock-solid support for the permanent dentures. In turn, you get an entire arch of functional teeth, with a bite that’s comparable to your natural teeth.
What does the permanent denture procedure involve?
Your Canberra cosmetic dentist will first examine your dentition and discuss the best possible solutions for your specific need.
Next, he will scan your jawbone to gain insight into how the implants will be placed into the optimal positions – usually two in the anterior region and two at the back of the jawbone.
Then the surgeon will place the two dental implants vertically in the front of the jawbone and the other two tilted at the back of the jaw. Once the implants are allowed time to sufficiently heal, the pre-fabricated prosthetic teeth for the permanent dentures will be fixed to these implants.
Advantages of Permanent Dentures
- Compared to conventional implants, the placing of permanent dentures involves a less invasive and shorter surgical procedure.
- Less healing time is required and patients can also expect less post-op discomfort.
- Unlike removable dentures, fixed dentures allow wearers to eat and speak more comfortably
- Implant-supported permanent dentures are long-lasting and robust
- They fit better than removable dentures and may be customised for an optimal fit.
Disadvantages of Permanent Dentures
- More expensive than removable dentures
- Involves surgical procedure
- Some fixed dentures that cannot be removed may become prone to inflammation, infection and other oral problems.
- Prosthetic crowns or arch may need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years.
If you are considering permanent dentures as a teeth replacement treatment, you should discuss the procedure in detail with a qualified and skilled cosmetic dentist.