What are Permanente Denture Implants?
Dental problems are one of the top reasons that people don’t smile. It’s been shown that not smiling can actually impact your mental health. Suppose you’ve lost your natural teeth due to injury, gum disease, or just general decay. In that case, permanent dentures may be the perfect option for you. Getting that smile and mood back is essential. Permanent dental implants are one of the top affordable choices. So what are permanent denture implants exactly?
Permanent Denture Implants and How They Work
Traditional dentures can have a lot of drawbacks. Keeping them in place is one of the major concerns. No one wants their teeth falling out at that big company event or during a dinner date.
Unfortunately, standard dentures tend to slip during meals, when talking, or even worse when laughing. Often people choose these basic dentures thinking they will solve their problems, including making it so they can eat right again. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Traditional dentures slip and slide no matter how well they fit, reducing the amount of bite force you have, making it difficult to eat. On the other hand, permanent denture implants are a fantastic alternative to those standard dentures.
Dental implants can be expensive and not an option for many people because the cost is calculated per tooth it can add up quickly. Denture implants aren’t exactly the same, but they work similarly and offer the users a solid structure for the dentures to attach to, making sure that they don’t slide out of place.
Denture implants work by attaching to the same kind of anchors that are used for single tooth implants. These anchors are implanted into the jawbone directly. They’re surgically placed and essentially sit in the space that would have held the root of a tooth.
Types of Permanent Dentures
The type of permanent denture procedure you need will depend on what your dental health looks like. Some patients are only missing a few teeth and want something to fill out the space. These patients are often recommended to go with a partial denture fixed in place. These are like a removable partial, but instead, they are set to the remaining teeth.
Having fixed partials helps to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting and then decaying more quickly. These are also higher quality than the removable partials on the market, designed to last longer.
Next up is the implant-retained or permanent complete denture. These are a primary choice for those missing most or all of their teeth. These dentures affix to implants in the jawbone so they can’t shift, slide, or fall out. Though these implant affixed dentures may cost more upfront than the traditional false teeth offered, the overall cost can actually be less. Permanent dentures save you from losing more bone and gum that could need surgery later.
Traditional dentures often have to be refitted or entirely redone because they actually degrade the jawbone and gum line as you wear them. As that degrades, they will become looser and be more likely to cause sores and discomfort while wearing.
What Does the Permanent Denture Process Look Like?
First, the process will take a little longer than getting traditional dentures. But you’ll be happy you took the time in the long run.
The first step is to consult with the dentist, who will talk to you about your dental health and what you are currently going through. This will include a basic exam and imagery. Often people seeking dentures have partial teeth or decayed teeth remaining
If you have any remaining teeth, the next step will be to extract those. Your dentist may discuss bone grafting at this point. If your jawbone has decayed along with your teeth, you may require some grafting to ensure that your implants are successful.
Once any extractions and grafts are healed, you will move on to the surgical portion of the process. This is when your implants are placed surgically into the jawbone. Most people feel mild discomfort after the procedure. You may also have some sutures that will help you to heal faster. Make sure you follow any instructions given to you by your dentist at this time to ensure that you heal correctly and as quickly as possible.
After your implants have been placed and healed, the next step is to get impressions that allow them to build a secure denture. You’ll also talk to your dentist about the shade and look you want to achieve in this phase. They’ll work with you and help you pick something that will look as natural as possible.
Once they’ve finished fabricating your denture, you’ll go in to have it placed and screwed down on the implants making sure it won’t move around.
The Benefits of Permanent Denture Implants
Permanent denture implants have a lot of advantages over traditional removable dentures. Security while eating is one of the top benefits people appreciate when going with permanent dentures.
Because these dentures have multiple implants that they are anchored to, it means they aren’t likely to shift while you’re eating. That means you can go out to eat with friends and family comfortably without anyone knowing that they aren’t your natural teeth.
It also allows you to have more variety in what you eat. Your bite pressure will be improved, and you’ll struggle less to enjoy your favorite foods.
Because they are secured in place, you also won’t have to worry about the bone loss and gum erosion that often comes with traditional dentures. Permanent dentures don’t slide around and rub against your gums. The implants also actually reinforce the jawbone helping to prevent further loss.
You’ll also get the added benefit of not only being able to smile with confidence but likely look significantly younger. Our faces tend to become hallowed and sunken in when we lose teeth. When you replace your teeth with permanent dentures, you give the muscles and skin the support needed. Your face looks fuller, giving you a youthful appearance.