Permanent Dentures: All You Need to Know
There are certain life moments that deserve a good hearty laugh or simply just give you that perfect reason to smile. But has years of poor oral hygiene prevented you from truly enjoying life’s simple pleasures because you are too embarrassed of your toothless smile?
Well, it is high time to finally make that decision and restore your winning smile with permanent dentures. Let us take a look at what it is and why should you choose it over the conventional removable dentures.
What are Permanent Dentures?
Permanent dentures, or fixed dentures, are a type of dental prosthesis that are firmly attached or fixed into the mouth by means of dental implants. It is used to replace a missing tooth, several teeth or a full dental bridge.
Fixed dentures can help bring back functionality and aesthetics to your smile without worrying about shifting and slipping when talking or eating that are a common problem with a temporary or removable dentures.
It involves using dental implants, usually made of titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone. This serves as an anchor for a crown to replace a missing tooth or a bridge to replace a group of teeth. The dental prosthesis is then secured firmly using cement or is snapped tightly in place.
As a quick comparison, it is easy to differentiate permanent dentures from temporary dentures, as the former involves drilling while the latter does not. Removable dentures or traditional false teeth are only held in place by any remaining teeth or the ridges of the gum.
These temporary fixes can lead to a list of disadvantages, which include slipping out of position, difficulty in pronunciation, gum sore and pain among others. Add to the fact that it needs adjustments and replacement after several years.
What to Expect in a Fixed Dentures Procedure
As with any dental treatments, getting a fixed denture begins with an assessment of your teeth to decide whether a permanent denture is appropriate. Further examination of the area, which includes x-ray and casts of the teeth, will also need to be done. In certain cases when remaining teeth will be used to hold the permanent bridge, prior dental treatments may need to be performed.
Once this foundation work has been completed, an appointment will be set to prepare the teeth. Local anesthesia will be applied to numb the area before finally drilling the implants into the prepped teeth or the jawbone. After this has been done, the area is allowed to heal before another appointment is set for the bridgework fitting.
An impression will be taken using a rubber putty material, which will then be sent to a dental laboratory where a technician will start fabricating the mold.
Usually, bridges and crowns for permanent dentures are made of porcelain, which takes around two weeks to finish. Most dentists will provide a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth until the permanent bridge is ready.
Once the bridge or crown has been completed, the new permanent crown or bridge will be fitted before finally securing it tightly in place. Final adjustments, such as your bite, may need to be made to ensure proper fitting and functionality.
Before heading out of the clinic, your dentist will provide you with necessary instructions on how to look after and properly clean under the bridge.
The Advantages of Permanent Dentures
Clearly, the advantages of using permanent dentures far exceed that of the traditional false teeth. This is mainly because it is more stable to use, making them easier and more acceptable to wear. No more are the painful gum sores and chewing problems are proven to reduce significantly.
In addition, it gives you more confidence when wearing them, as it looks more natural whenever you beam those perfectly great set of new teeth. More importantly, any dental professional would tell you that fixed dentures are the best way to go to replace your missing tooth or teeth as it has long-term oral health and structure benefits giving you another good reason to smile about.