Dental implants and permanent dentures are two common solutions to replace multiple missing teeth. There are many similarities between the two methods, but one method may be better for you than the other based on your unique circumstances and needs.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that look, feel, and function like real teeth. First, your dentist or oral surgeon will insert a titanium post into the empty space in your gums. They use titanium because it can naturally bond with bone tissue. It takes about 3-6 months for the titanium to integrate with the tissue. Your dentist will then place an abutment on the titanium post to connect with the crown, which will finally be placed on top. Implants are generally used to replace one or a few missing teeth.
Permanent dentures (also known as fixed dentures) are ideal for people who are missing all their top or bottom teeth, or both. An oral surgeon will place at least 4 titanium posts in your jaw bone. After they have bonded with your bone tissue, abutments will be placed on top, followed by a full top or bottom set of teeth.
Both implants and permanent dentures prevent jawbone deterioration because the titanium posts stimulate the bone just like a natural tooth root. Neither method requires any extra maintenance, as long as you keep a consistent oral hygiene routine. They’re also comfortable and discreet; nobody will be able to tell that you have artificial teeth.
You should always consult with your dentist first when deciding between dental implants and permanent dentures. To get an opinion from Oak Mountain Dental, call or stop by our office. We would be happy to help you!