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Differences Between Permanent Dentures and Implants


Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
a 3D rendering of a dental implantWhen considering options for tooth replacement, individuals often explore both permanent dentures and dental implants. While both aim to restore oral function and aesthetics, they differ significantly in terms of design, functionality, and long-term implications.

Permanent Dentures



Composition and Attachment

Permanent dentures, also known as fixed or implant-supported dentures, are typically crafted from acrylic or porcelain. These dentures are secured in the mouth using dental implants, which are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone.

Attachment Process

The attachment process involves placing multiple dental implants strategically in the jawbone. Once the implants integrate with the bone over several months, the permanent dentures are affixed to the implants, providing stability and support.

Removability

Contrary to traditional removable dentures, permanent dentures are fixed in place and cannot be taken out by the wearer. This fixed nature eliminates concerns about slippage or discomfort associated with removable options.

Bone Preservation

Dental implants in permanent dentures stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that commonly occurs with missing teeth. This helps maintain facial structure and prevents the sunken appearance often associated with tooth loss.

Dental Implants



[[[H3:Implant StructureDental implants involve the surgical placement of titanium posts directly into the jawbone. These implants act as artificial tooth roots, providing a stable foundation for individual crowns or bridges.

Crown or Bridge Attachment

Unlike permanent dentures, dental implants can support individual crowns or bridges. Crowns are used to replace single missing teeth, while bridges can replace multiple adjacent missing teeth. Each prosthetic is securely attached to its implant.

Functionality

Dental implants mimic the natural function of teeth, offering stability and support for biting and chewing. The individual nature of implant-supported crowns or bridges allows for optimal customization to match the surrounding natural teeth.

Maintenance

Dental implants are designed to be long-lasting with proper care. Maintenance involves regular oral hygiene practices, similar to caring for natural teeth. There is no need for removal or special cleaning routines.

Choosing between permanent dentures and dental implants depends on individual preferences, oral health status, and treatment goals. Contact our dental office for proper and professional guidance.


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