Temporary Dental Implants vs Permanent Dental Implants – What are the Differences?

All on 4 dental implants, Temporary vs permanent

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Dental health is vital to our overall well-being, and choosing the right dental implants can make a significant difference. All-on-4 dental implants have emerged as a popular choice for many facing dental issues. But when it comes to All-on-4 implants, there’s a decision to be made: should you go for temporary or permanent implants?

This choice is not just about immediate needs but also involves considering long-term benefits and challenges.

We will explore both options in detail, helping you understand which type of all-on-4 dental implants best fit your needs.

Understanding Dental Implants

Dental implants are a modern solution for people who have lost several teeth or are facing issues with their current dentures. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on the gums, dental implants are anchored securely in your jawbone. This technique involves placing four titanium implants in the jaw, which serve as a strong and permanent foundation for a full arch of teeth.

Dental implants offer a permanent and stable solution to missing teeth while providing the comfort and appearance of natural teeth. And, unlike dentures, do not require removal for cleaning. This makes them a convenient and effective option for many who seek a long-lasting solution to significant tooth loss.

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What Are Temporary Implants?

To answer this question, we need to address the fact that when people talk about temporary implants, they are typically referring to a temporary crown or other restoration.

One common interpretation of ‘temporary dental implants’ is the use of temporary restorations before the final restoration is placed- but this is the temporary restoration, not a temporary implant, as the implant remains the same and only the restoration will be changed. These temporary crowns serve both functional and aesthetic purposes until you are ready for permanent crowns, providing a natural look and feel while your implants integrate with your smile. These temporary restorations are often made from acrylic and are placed on top of the implant and abutment, allowing the gum tissue to heal and the implants to osseointegrate into the jawbone.

What Are Temporary Acrylic Implants?

Acrylic dental implants are created with a liquid resin called polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and are often regarded as a more temporary solution because they may not be as long-lasting as zirconia implants. Acrylic implants are reported to be more prone to cracking, breaking, and becoming discolored from chewing food and may need to be replaced every few years if you do not receive a final restoration made from zirconia.

It’s vital to consider the longevity and strength of different implant materials when making a decision between acrylic and zirconia implants. Zirconia implants, for example, are known for their ability to withstand normal wear and tear, resist fractures and chipping, and have a longer lifespan compared to acrylic implants.

What is the Difference between Temporary and Permanent Implants?

When discussing the difference between temporary and permanent implants, it’s important to clear up some widespread confusion. As we’ve mentioned, temporary dental prostheses, such as temporary crowns, are placed after the implant procedure until you’re ready for the final restoration, which will be the permanent crown.

The temporary ‘implants’ are actually the temporary restorations used during implant treatment, while permanent implants refer to the complete set of implants, abutments, and final crowns that replace a missing tooth or teeth.

Remember, the restoration is just one part of the “dental implant”, which is the combination of an implant, an abutment, and a crown. These three components work together to create a complete dental implant.

At NuSet Dental Implants, we understand that this terminology can be confusing, and we’re here to help. Our team of specialists will guide you through the process, answering any questions you may have and ensuring that you have a clear understanding of your treatment options.

Thinking About Dental Implants? We’re here to help

The thought of taking the first step towards a full and healthy smile might be daunting, but we’re here to guide you along the way. Scheduling a consultation with us will help to dispel any fears, answer all your questions, and help you make the right decisions for your well-being.

Here is what you can get when you schedule a consultation with us here at NuSet:

Consultation and Evaluation

Your journey starts with a thorough consultation. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health, including bone density, gum health, and overall dental condition. This assessment is essential to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for All-on-4 implants and which type would be most beneficial for you.

Personalized Advice

Every patient’s needs are unique. Your dentist will provide personalized advice, taking into account your health, lifestyle, and preferences. They will explain the pros and cons of each option in the context of your situation.

Treatment Planning

If you decide to proceed with All-on-4 implants, your dentist will develop a detailed treatment plan. This plan includes the procedure’s steps, timeline, and what you can expect during the recovery process.

Ongoing Support

Your dentist is not just there for the initial procedure. They provide ongoing support and guidance, ensuring that your implants function well and your oral health is maintained.

Remember, a successful dental implant procedure relies heavily on the skill and expertise of your dental professional. Therefore, choosing a dentist or oral surgeon you trust and feel comfortable with is crucial. They are your partner in this process, dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your dental health.

Let’s Help You Make the Right Decision For Your Oral Health

Taking the first step toward a healthy and confident smile is a decision that significantly impacts your dental health and quality of life. Temporary implants offer an affordable and immediate solution but come with limitations in durability and the need for eventual replacement.

On the other hand, permanent implants provide long-term stability, a natural look, and improved oral health, although they require a higher initial investment and a longer treatment process.

If you’re considering All-on-4 dental implants, schedule a no-cost consultation with us at NuSet. We can provide tailored advice and help you make an informed decision that best suits your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between temporary and permanent All-on-4 implants?

Temporary All-on-4 implants are often just temporary restorations, used as a short-term solution, and are made from acrylic, a material that is significantly less durable than zirconia or ceramic- which are most often used for permanent restorations. They’re ideal for immediate needs but require eventual replacement. Permanent restorations, on the other hand, are built for long-term use. They are more durable, offer a natural appearance, and are intended to last many years. Permanent implants refer to the complete set of new teeth, including the implant, abutment, and final restoration.

What are the cons of All-on-4 implants?

The downsides of All-on-4 implants include:

  • A higher cost for permanent implants.
  • The need for a surgical procedure.
  • A longer treatment and healing process.

While permanent implants may be an initial investment, they are a permanent, life-long solution.

Do All-on-4 implants feel bulky?

No, they do not feel bulky. All-on-4 implants are designed to mimic the feel of natural teeth. They are customized to fit comfortably in your mouth, providing a natural feel and appearance.

Does All-on-4 look real?

Yes, All-on-4 implants are designed to look very natural. They are crafted to match the color, shape, and size of natural teeth, providing a realistic appearance that enhances your smile.

Can All-on-4 come loose?

While rare, All-on-4 implants can become loose, especially if not properly maintained. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene are essential to ensure the stability and longevity of the implants. If you notice any loosening, it’s important to consult your dentist immediately.

Where can I get all-on-4 dental implants near me?

You can get all-on-4 dental implants in any of our convenient office location near you:

Arvada, CO

Denver, CO

St. Louis, MO

Scottsdale, AZ

Nashville, TN

Clarksville, MD

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Dr. Robert Cory Ryan, DDS, MD

Dr. Cory Ryan is a Gulf Coast of Mississippi native. As a dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Ryan provides exceptional dental care, specializing in dental implants and oral surgery here at NuSet Dental Implants and Oral Surgery that he acquired in 2021. Dr. Ryan remains at the forefront of his field by offering the latest procedures and technologies to every patient. His extensive education is matched by his commitment to serving not only the needs of every patient, but exceeding their expectations by improving their oral health, self-confidence, and quality of life with proven results every time.

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