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Your Guide to Permanent Dentures

Your Guide to Permanent Dentures

Unlike the dentures of the past, permanent dentures don’t slip, slide or even come out at all. They are called permanent dentures for a very good reason; they are place into the mouth permanently and can not be removed. This negates the need for denture glues, mounting clips or the other choices previously available for inserting dentures. Many people today are choosing permanent dentures because they are simple and can’t get lost, interrupt speech or chewing, or have the learning curve involved in the use of the old style of dentures.

There are several types of permanent dentures and multiple ways to have them placed. If you require only a few teeth replaced, your denturist may decide that bonding your permanent dentures to the remaining teeth in the mouth is the best way to go. This is a less invasive method but less durable. Should anything happen to the natural teeth that you are using to attach the dentures, you will also need to have the dentures replaced. Tooth decay or injury are just a few of the ways this can occur.

Permanent dentures can also be implanted; this means a surgical procedure is used to implant the dentures into the gum line via the use of titanium rods. This is a far more involved procedure, but a more stable and reliable choice. You can also use implanted permanent dentures even if you need to replace all of your teeth, whereas the bonded type can only be used when there are enough remaining natural teeth to attach the dentures to. Implanted permanent dentures are placed via surgery, which means that all of the standard risks of any surgery apply. After the rods are implanted in the gums and the healing process is complete, the dentures can be cemented to the rod in their final position.

Despite some of the potential risks and the more involved procedures that accompany getting permanent dentures, they are usually the number one choice for those who need to replace natural teeth. Once your dentures are in place, you won’t have to think about special denture cleaners or bonding agents to keep them in place. You won’t have to worry about them being accidentally broken, lost or in any other way damaged while they are out of your mouth, because they never are!

To decide which type of permanent dentures is right for you, visit your denturist and discuss all of your options. It’s important to know not only what the risks and benefits are of permanent dentures, but the cost as well. Implants especially can be expensive due to the cost of the surgery. In some cases, dental insurance may not cover you, so check your plan.

Permanent dentures are a major advance in the technology of replacing natural teeth. When most people think of dentures, they envision a set of teeth soaking in a glass; but with permanent dentures not only will you not have anything to soak, but no one will even know your teeth are not natural.

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