What are the Pros and Cons of Wearing Permanent Dentures?

Pros and Cons of Permanent Dentures

Are you wearing removable dentures that are poorly fitted and wobbly? If so, you may wish to consider getting permanent dentures. If you have one or more missing teeth, there are many treatment options that are designed to restore function and beauty to your smile.

Dentures offer one of the most cost-effective methods for replacing missing teeth. However, if not fitted properly, removable dentures may start to loosen and shift over time, causing discomfort while hindering speech and eating. Prolonged wearing of removable dentures can also lead to jaw bone shrinkage. Yet another complaint is dealing with the messy and sticky denture adhesives – incidentally, not the most stable way of holding your artificial teeth in position.

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Advanced dental technology has given modern patients the ability to resolve these issues with Permanent Dentures. Fixed dentures – also know as non-removable dentures – are basically denture devices that consist of a row of prosthetic teeth connected to a framework that is held in position by dental implants. With permanent dentures, patients can eat, chew, bite, talk and smile – without the fear that their prosthetic teeth may slip and slide when they do these daily activities.

A typical procedure for placement of permanent dentures involves an oral examination of the patient’s dentition, followed by scanning of the jawbone to determine the precise locations for implant placements – two in the anterior region and two at the back of the jawbone. The permanent dentures will be affixed to the implants following the healing period, during which time the implants would biologically fuse to the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration.

Like all dental treatments, there is no perfect method to replace your missing teeth, and permanent dentures is but one of the popular options around. Let’s look at some of its advantages and disadvantages:

the advantages and disadvantages of dentures

The Advantages of Permanent Dentures

  • Compared to conventional implants, permanent dentures involves shorter surgery and healing times as well as less invasive procedure and post-op discomfort;
  • Compared to removable dentures, patients using fixed dentures can eat foods and speak more comfortably;
  • Deliver more even distribution of biting force;
  • Long-lasting and robust;
  • Fuss-free maintenance – no need to remove for cleaning;
  • Minimal number of dental implants required;
  • Supports facial features, giving patients a more natural, youthful look.
  • Fit better than removable dentures for optimum comfort. May be customised o fit your mouth precisely;

What are the Considerations for Wearing Dentures?

Although permanent dentures are a relatively safe, it does involve a surgical process. They may also be prone to infection and inflammation. However, with proper cleaning and regular dental appointments, most patients won’t experience any infection, inflammation or dental ailments. Furthermore, while Permanent dentures may be the more costly (both the surgery and prosthetic crown/arch replacement); in the long-run the benefits far outweigh the costs when compared to removal dentures.

If you are considering getting permanent dentures, it is a good idea to discuss the procedure in detail with a qualified and skilled cosmetic dentist, so that you are making an informed decision.

To find out more about our comprehensive range of treatments – including Permanent Dentures – book a consultation with one of our friendly dentists at Face Value Dental, call 07 3221 0677 today.

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