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What are Permanent Dentures?

For many people, permanent dentures is the best solution when they can’t afford the cost of restorative care, or dental implants. While the idea that your teeth are removable can be disheartening, the fact is, permanent dentures will allow you to eat, sleep and speak without pain and you’ll finally be able to smile again. Permanent dentures can be perfectly natural-looking, it all depends on the specialist and how closely they can match the color of the dentures to natural-looking teeth.

The Process of Getting Permanent Dentures

Many people are in need of permanent dentures, but hesitate to go ahead with the procedure because they’re afraid of the pain, they don’t want their friends and family to know or they simply feel devastated at the idea of losing their natural teeth. The truth is, the process of getting permanent dentures is painful, but it’s significantly less painful than chronic toothaches or the pain that comes at each meal.

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Permanent dentures are a solution for people with advanced stages of periodontal disease, gum disease, brittle or broken teeth and tooth decay. However, your dentist will need to take x-rays and determine if you have enough bone in the jaw to qualify for implants. If you do not, you will have to opt for traditional dentures instead.

Crowns can cost anywhere from $500 to $100 per tooth. Dental implants have a cost that ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth.

If your dentist has recommended permanent dentures it can be devastating, especially if you’re under the age of forty. Dentures will allow you to eat the foods you’ve been avoiding due to broken teeth or tooth pain, and they will definitely allow you to smile again without feeling self-conscious. If you have decided to get permanent dentures, then you need to learn more about how this process works.

Permanent dentures are secured in place using implanted metal posts in the gums.  This gives the dentures added security so you won’t have to worry about the denture slipping out while you eat or speak. This type of denture features special attachments that will snap onto the implants, securing the denture in place.

These dentures are usually made for the lower jaw because regular dentures in this location are not very stable. Like basic dentures, the permanent denture needs to be removed and cleaned daily for good oral health.

Ball retained and bar retained are the two different types of permanent dentures available.  For ball retained models, each implant in the jaw will hold a metal attachment that locks into the attachment on the denture, anchoring it tightly in place.

Dentures that are bar retained feature a metal bar that runs the length of the denture and attaches to the implant posts by clips.

When it comes to placing the implants, most dentists will choose the front portion of the mouth, where more bone is found. The front of the jaw is also chosen because this area does not have a large amount of nerves, which can affect the placement of the implants.

How long is the Process for the Dental Implants?

The amount of time it takes to get dentures will depend on a variety of factors. Usually, it will take six months for the lower jaw and up to eight months for the upper jaw. This will include a number of surgeries to remove the teeth and the time it takes for the  gums to heal prior to installing the implant posts. Two surgeries will usually be needed just for the implant posts. During the first surgery, the specialist will place the implants under the gums. At the second surgery, the tops of the implants will be exposed. This second surgery will take place four to six months after the initial surgery.

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While this process is underway you won’t have to live without teeth. Your dentist will create a temporary denture that can be worn over the treated area, until it’s time for the permanent model to be placed.

After you have committed to getting dentures, you will meet with your dentist and schedule an appointment to have your teeth extracted. Before you’re ready for the extraction the dentist needs to make a mold of your teeth for the temporary denture. It can take two to four weeks for the temporary denture to be created. Once it’s ready, you’ll go in for the teeth extractions. The temporary denture will be placed over the gums immediately after the procedure. Wearing a temporary denture will allow you to eat and speak normally during the process of having the implants installed. These dentures can also be used as a backup if something should happen to the permanent model.

Dental Insurance Coverage for Dentures

Unfortunately, most dental insurance companies will not cover permanent dentures. However, the insurance company will cover the tooth extractions and the temporary denture. Many dental offices now offer financing options and payment plans that will allow you to get the type of dental care you need, at a much more affordable rate.

Most insurance companies will pay for the entire permanent denture process

A permanent denture is usually recommended for the upper jaw

This type of denture will add additional security and will prevent the denture from slipping out of place while eating or speaking

The process for permanent dentures will typically require two surgeries, not including tooth extractions

The amount of time it takes to get permanent dentures will depend on a variety of factors, but will commonly take six months for the lower jaw and up to eight months for the upper jaw

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