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Removable dentures are a traditional solution for restoring missing teeth, but they can be very difficult to live with. If your dentures are loose or uncomfortable or embarrassing, you may be considering permanent dentures as a life changing alternative. This option is much more stable, convenient, and long-lasting than traditional dentures, making it increasingly popular in recent years.

Permanent dentures, also known as fixed dentures, replace all of your missing teeth and are screwed into dental implants in your jaw. They function just like real teeth, so you can eat, drink, and talk without worrying about them slipping out of place.

There are a number of benefits to getting fixed dentures.  As long as you have the bone for permanent implant dentures, there are almost no cons.  They are truly life transforming.

Pros of Permanent Dentures

Most people find fixed dentures to be more comfortable and convenient than removable dentures. They won’t get wobbly over time, and they don’t cause any trouble when eating. You don’t have to feel nervous or self-conscious about your prosthetic teeth slipping out of place when you speak or smile. An additional benefit is the teeth don’t need to be removed for cleaning.

The procedure to get permanent dentures needs to be done by a highly qualified dentist. The surgery is very precise and experience counts. You’ll need need to have 4 to 6 implants inserted to support the new permanent dentures, and you will be prescribed antibiotics afterwards and maybe a steroid too to decrease bruising and swelling.  Patients are generally sedated for the procedure for comfort.

Sometimes, using removable dentures can cause the shape of your face to change over time. When your natural teeth are removed, the jawbone may gradually shrink. Because permanent dentures use implants that support your jaw bone, your face will continue to look youthful.  No sunken in cheeks.

Cons of Permanent Dentures

The biggest disadvantage to getting permanent dentures is the surgery. Although dental implant surgery is very safe, it still is an operation. Any oral surgery can cause some pain and discomfort during recovery. There may be a risk of infection or inflammation as well, so patients have to be very careful in the cleaning of the permanent implant dentures and keep regular dentist visits.

Fixed dentures are more costly than traditional dentures because they require surgery, implants, and precise prosthetics made by your dentist and dental laboratory. Some patients hesitate to spend the money on permanent dentures when there are less expensive options like removable dentures. However, they can last a lifetime with proper care, making them become more cost-effective over the long run. Most patient wish they had done it sooner. It changes their life dramatically.  Improved confidence, social interactions, and overall health.  The ability to smile and eat again is priceless.

Choosing a solution to replace missing teeth can be difficult. There are pros and cons to every option, so you have to weigh each one carefully. Everyone has different needs and preferences that influence their decisions. Permanent dentures are one of the most popular options, though, and most patients are very happy with their choice. If you think fixed dentures are right for you, consult with Dr. Lampee at Sleep Dentistry Defined to learn more about what you can expect during and after the procedure.