Removable vs Permanent Dentures

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Significant tooth loss can be devastating to a smile. More importantly, gaps and spaces can have a serious negative impact on your oral health. Replacing missing teeth is essential for long-term success. At our Atlanta, GA practice, Dr. Richard Rodgers offers a number of teeth replacement options, including removable and permanent dentures.

Want to determine which treatment option is right for you? Schedule a visit with Dr. Rodgers at our Atlanta office. Call us today at 404-577-6620.

What kinds of dentures are available?

Dentures are typically recommended for those who are missing most or all of their teeth. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, there are several options. Some of the most common treatments available at our office include:

  • Partial dentures (removable): These appliances are designed to replace multiple missing teeth in one or both arches. Commonly made from acrylic, partial dentures rest on the gums. They are supported by the bone ridge and special dental clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth.
  • Full dentures (removable): Individuals who are missing all of their teeth on the upper arch, lower arch, or both can benefit from traditional full dentures. These appliances rely on the gums and underlying bone for support. Dental adhesives can also be used for an added layer of stability. (Note: Both conventional full and partial dentures must be replaced every seven to 10 years. We also recommend relines or adjustments every two years.)
  • Implant-supported dentures (removable): Some individuals want to maximize stability and reduce the risk of wobbly dentures. In these instances, implant-supported dentures can be helpful. Rather than resting atop the gums for support, implant dentures “snap on” to dental implants, which are strategically embedded into the jawbone. They can be removed for easy cleaning.
  • Permanent dentures (non-removable): Also referred to as implant-supported bridges or full-arch teeth replacement, permanent dentures can only be removed by your dentist. A set of artificial teeth are affixed to dental implants, delivering lifelike, functional results.

Which type of denture is right for me?

Dr. Rodgers will make a treatment recommendation based on several different factors. For example, ask yourself these questions:

  • How many missing teeth do I need to replace?
  • Do I have bone loss?
  • Am I okay with replacing dentures every few years, or do I want a more permanent solution?
  • Do I want to be able to take my dentures out?
  • Am I eligible to undergo dental implant surgery?

During a consultation at our Atlanta practice, Dr. Rodgers can help you determine which treatment option will most effectively suit your needs.

Removable or Permanent Dentures: Similarities and Differences

If you are considering an implant-supported denture, it’s important to understand the pros and cons to each option. Removable implant-supported appliances are often called “snap on” dentures. These are anchored to the jawbone with two to six implants per arch. (The more implants that are placed, the more stability you will have.) While these dentures stay put when you need them to, they can also be removed. This makes cleaning them much easier.

Permanent denture placement is often referred to as fixed full-arch replacement. Unlike “snap on” dentures, these appliances are non-removable. Once they are in place, they can only be removed by your doctor. Special instructions are provided for proper maintenance, as you will have to clean around the implants and underneath your appliance for optimal oral health.

Contact Our Atlanta Practice Today

If you’ve been considering removable or permanent dentures, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodgers. He can design a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. Contact us online anytime or call us at 404-577-6620.

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