Fixed Dentures: Answers to Your Most Common Questions
Are fixed dentures the right solution for your missing teeth?
When you think of dentures, you probably picture the removable type — those sets of fake-looking, uncomfortable teeth that easily slip out of place. But with today’s technology, you don’t have to settle for ill-fitting replacement teeth.
Fixed or permanent dentures can restore your beautiful smile while giving you the same bite quality and functionality as natural teeth.
How Are Fixed Dentures Supported?
As the name suggests, this type of denture is firmly and securely anchored into the jawbone. These replacement teeth aren’t removable.
Artificial teeth are supported by four strategically placed titanium tooth roots. This is why this method of tooth restoration is also referred to as all-on-four dental implants. The screw-like posts fuse to the bone and become permanently attached, thanks to a natural process called osseointegration.
Why Get Fixed Dentures?
Stability is one of the primary benefits of this type of tooth restoration. These dentures don’t slide around in the mouth. And because the replacement teeth are incredibly secure, these dentures allow you to eat most of your favorite foods.
In addition, since permanent dentures are attached by dental implants placed in the jaw, they help protect against bone loss. Removable artificial teeth don’t offer this same benefit, so wearing them can result in a prematurely aged appearance.
Finally, fixed tooth restorations feel, fit and look completely natural. Unlike traditional dentures, no one will ever notice that you have artificial replacement teeth.
Can Anyone Get Fixed Dentures?
Most patients who need fixed dentures can get them. Generally speaking, as long as you’re healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure, you can get all-on-four dental implants.
However, if you already have significant bone loss in the jaw, you’ll have to get a bone graft first. This simple, in-office procedure will give the dental implants the solid foundation they need to support your new artificial teeth.
Are Fixed Dentures Expensive?
Initially, a fixed denture will cost more than removable artificial teeth. However, when you consider the long-term differences, these replacement teeth are a wise investment.
With traditional dentures, you’ll need to buy chemical adhesives and take special care to remove the teeth every night for cleaning. Plus, you’ll need periodic relining and adjustments. And as you will continue to lose bone tissue in your jaw, you will likely need to replace the artificial teeth every few years.
Permanent dentures are exactly that — permanent. Simply brush and floss as usual, and visit your oral surgeon for regular exams, and your new replacement teeth can last the rest of your life.
Are you ready to find out if permanent dentures are right for you? The professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah specialize in tooth restoration. Our knowledgeable team can offer expert advice on your options for replacing your missing teeth. Contact one of our three convenient Salt Lake City area offices — located in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele — to schedule a consultation to learn more about fixed dentures.
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