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Permanent Dentures and Teeth – Is it Possible With Dental Implants?

You may hear a radio ad that talks about “permanent” teeth or “permanent” dentures.

Permanent is a very strong word and may not be completely true. It may be a marketing tactic only.

A major implant manufacturer (Nobel BioCare) even says it!

Dental implants are fantastic, and they are the closest thing to being “permanent.”  Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available. The implant is the part that goes in the bone, but either porcelain teeth or dentures have to be attached to them.

Permanent dentures do not exist.  The overdenture that is made on top of the implants will wear out just like any other denture will.  The teeth on dentures are plastic, so they do wear out every few years and need to be replaced. Porcelain teeth whether they are made as a crown on your natural tooth or on an implant can chip or break necessitating its replacement.

Don’t get me wrong…dental implants are the best, but don’t let someone tell you that the teeth are the last ones you will ever have.  I would be very leary of a dentist in Burbank, Glendale or South Africa for that fact who said dentures or implant teeth are “permanent.”

You should be aware of the real and honest facts that implant teeth may need to be replaced…especially dentures.

Bottom line: The implants in the bone are not replaced often, but the teeth on top of the implants can require maintenance, repair and even replacement. 

Here are some related articles that I wrote:

Dental Implant Maintenance…OVER-DENTURE VS FIXED BRIDGE

Fixed Dental Implant Bridge vs. Implant Denture – What is the REAL Difference?

How Many Dental Implants Do I Need Under My Denture?

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Burbank, California

12 thoughts on “Permanent Dentures and Teeth – Is it Possible With Dental Implants?

  1. I lost front teeth and I wanted to replace my teeth with this false permanent teeth but unfortunately I’m working for construction no medical aid but I’m willing to pay….. Anonymous From Secunda.,Mpumalanga can u please help me

    1. Unfortunately acrylic teeth break extremely commonly and they will continue to break. Oftentimes the design of an acrylic hybrid bridge is so thin that fracture is very common. I do not make acrylic hybrids Bridges for this reason and focus on full arch zirconia Prettau style Bridges in my Burbank office. When design properly, these do not break!

  2. I have heard that getting implants is very nice for those missing teeth, but I also think that dentures are good for some people. By getting dentures, you still have teeth but you keep losing bone

    1. Correct! If you can afford it, it will help greatly!

      Very Respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

  3. There’s definitely a lot to take into consideration when getting dentures. My grandma is going to be getting them pretty soon. One of the problems that come up often is repairing them. Since they’re artificial, they can break pretty easily.

    1. That is correct! Plastic denture teeth break all the time when used on a “hybrid” implant bridge. This is just one reason why I avoid these.
      Porcelain teeth are far more reliable especially when made in monolithic zirconia or in very well designed porcelain fused to metal.

      Prettau Dental Implant Full Mouth Bridge

      Dr. Amin

  4. Comments: After reading through your website, I would like to ask a question and
    hope for an honest answer. I live in NC so I won’t be traveling across the US
    for my dental work. You seem to be an expert in dental implants. I am looking
    at getting a full denture implant (upper) and in order to save money I’m
    considering using surgical stainless steel dental implants. My dentist seems to
    think it will work. I’m 55 year old male, and looking at getting 6 surgical stainless steel implants to hold in dentures. What is your opinion. I’m looking at getting 6 implants.
    Your time and consideration in answering my question is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Jerry Holland

    Addl comment
    I’ve tried to do some research and the best I can find is that surgical grade implants are good quality and surgical stainless steel is used a lot in other parts of your body, and it is certainly doesn’t rust.

    Not many people can afford titanium so I can understand wanting to use surgical stainless steel dental implants.

    Thank you again for being so kind to give me your opinion.

    1. Hi Jerry,

      Just like in roofing, the cost of a new roof is not the nails, but rather the skill, experience and guidance of the roofer.
      The dental implant material is not where the cost comes from.

      Titanium dental implants have been around since 1965 and have scientific literature and long term data to support their use. I would not use stainless steel because it does not work nearly as well as titanium. If you have a heart valve replaced, there are certain valve materials that are much better than others. Most skilled dental implant dentists will use a root form titanium implant in modern practice.

      The last thing you need is a surgical complication that will cost you twice as much to deal with than having titanium.

      I hope this helps.

      Very respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  5. Definitely. It’s amazing how many sites perpetrate the idea that such dentistry is permanent, not even real teeth are permanent!
    Dental implants are the closest you will get to being permanent but in reality these will need to be routinely cared for and require maintenance or replacement after so many years.

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