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Permanent Denture Options – Pros and Cons

Posted by POTOMAC DENTAL GROUP on Mar 7 2022, 12:38 AM

Permanent dentures are artificial teeth attached to the jaw. These dentures are a convenient alternative to removable dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, permanent dentures are held in place by dental implants which make them more stable and sturdy. 

Permanent dentures look and feel just like natural teeth and are fixed in place using dental implants. If you are looking for permanent denture solutions in Potomac, Maryland, contact Potomac Dental Group at (301) 983-2165.

Permanent Denture Advantages

  • Permanent Solution 

With permanent dentures, there is no risk of them shifting or falling out when you eat or speak as they are held in place by implants. 

  • More Comfort

Removable dentures often move around, especially when chewing crunchy foods. This does not happen with permanent dentures. They stay in place and offer a more comfortable fit.

  • Improved Facial Aesthetics

A major complaint we hear from patients with removable dentures is that these dentures do not support the facial structure, causing the face to sag. You will not have such issues with permanent dentures as they provide the required support and help you look more youthful.

  • Low Maintenance

Permanent dentures require the same cleaning natural teeth do - daily brushing and professional cleaning twice per year. Removable dentures require much more maintenance and cleaning.

Permanent Denture Disadvantages

  • Require Dental Surgery

To get permanent dentures, dental surgery is required. The success rate of this type of surgery is high. However, recovery can sometimes take up to a month and there may be some discomfort, pain, swelling, or bruising after the procedure.

  • Can Be Costly

Due to the fact that permanent dentures require implant surgery, the cost of these dentures is higher than that of traditional ones. However, given their many advantages, the investment is definitely worthwhile.

  • Not Everyone Is Eligible 

The placement of implant-supported dentures requires a certain amount of bone density. This can be achieved through bone grafts in most patients except for those where anatomic landmarks hinder the placement of implants. Moreover, patients with chronic medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes may be poor candidates for implant surgery.

  • Chipping Can Still Occur

Just like real teeth, permanent dentures are not immune to wear. Although very uncommon, permanent dentures may crack or chip.

To learn more about permanent denture options, contact Potomac Dental Group at (301) 983-2165 or visit our office located at 10000 Falls Rd # 301, Potomac, MD 20854.

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