What is considered to be a Permanent Denture?

February, 2014 by Alma Abell

Permanent denture is just another name for dental implants; dental implants provide a long term solution to tooth loss. Traditional dentures are designed to be removed for cleaning and maintenance, dental implants are fixed into the jaw bone and never are removed; they are there for life. The implant of course is made from synthetic material but as they are designed to look and feel like natural teeth, there is no apparent difference between them. The implant is like a natural tooth, it requires the same degree of oral hygiene as the rest of the natural teeth, the wearer soon forgets that he actually has a permanent denture.

Many people who turn to dental implants in Middleton, MA have already tried removable dentures and found that they are uncomfortable or pose problems with eating sue to an ill fit. If the denture wearer has plenty of bone available in the jaw and is willing to spend the time, a permanent solution is available. In many cases, once teeth have been extracted and replaced by a bridge or a removable denture there is a natural degradation of the jaw bone where at one time there was a natural root. In cases like this where the jaw bone is not right for an implant, additional surgery can be performed to add bone, either bone grafted from the patient or cadaver bone which the dentist can purchase.

Before the dentist can confirm that you are a good candidate for implants in Middleton, MA you will be subjected to a complete dental examination which includes a series of X-Rays. After the data is available, the periodontist will decide which approach to the implantation process is best suited for the patient in question. During the examination, it is important that the patient divulge to the dentist the names of any prescription drugs and supplements that he or she is taking. It may be necessary to discontinue these drugs during the term of the implant procedure.

The procedure itself is quite straight forward, it just takes time. The first step is to implant a titanium insert into the jawbone; this is allowed to heal with the implant becoming one with the surrounding bone. Once this phase is over, an abutment is fitted to the top of the implant and the synthetic tooth is finally set on the abutment.

Dental implants in Middleton, MA eliminate all the problems associated with removable dentures. If a permanent solution is something that you are considering you are welcome to contact the office of Josephine Pandolfo, DMD.

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