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

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

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


  1. Joseph

    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

    March 13, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Just a find an experienced DDS that you like.

      March 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply
  2. Karis Muller

    How to prevent frequent breakage of acrylic teeth even when eating eg a croissant?

    November 21, 2016 at 4:19 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      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!

      November 24, 2016 at 4:14 am Reply
  3. JM

    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

    October 15, 2014 at 8:48 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      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

      November 17, 2014 at 3:33 am Reply
  4. gus

    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.

    October 9, 2014 at 1:36 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      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

      October 13, 2014 at 4:01 am Reply
  5. Jerry

    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.

    September 12, 2013 at 1:48 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      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

      September 12, 2013 at 3:37 am Reply
  6. Mr.Jeff

    Great information Dr. Amin. It is nice to see the real explanation to this complicated procedure.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:18 am Reply
  7. Ross

    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.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm Reply

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Monica D.
Monica D.
December 29, 2020.
There aren't enough words (and I have a lot of words) to tell you how grateful I am to have found Dr. Ramsey Amin and his wonderful staff. I had an enormous amount of bone loss and I was hopeless after being treated by a different doctor for two years. I had multiple procedures such as gum graft, extractions, and a sinus lift. After all of that, the doctor released me and told me he could not help me any longer. He sent me to a large teaching hospital - who also had no idea how to help me. I was terrified and embarrassed. I had been missing teeth due to those procedures since 2017. That sent me out on a journey of meeting with no less than five different dentist/oral surgeons. Most of them shamed me for the bone loss and wondered what I had done to cause this. In reality, I had done nothing. The bone loss is my body's immune system fighting me, as well as hereditary traits. In fact not only was I having difficulty being able to have implants, I also had so much bone loss that I was also not a candidate for dentures. I researched "what to do when you have bone loss and can't get implants" and I found Dr. Amin's website. Then I researched him, read his reviews, watched every one of his You Tube videos. I called and got an appointment, and kept going to consultations with other providers. I had long since stopped smiling and being social. Missing teeth and the shaming was affecting my life so adversely. When I met with Dr. Amin for my consultation he was ready. He had all of my records and had already reviewed my scans. But more than that, he genuinely wanted to get to know about my life. He was/is authentic, kind and extremely professional with so much success and experience in difficult cases like mine. He worked up a treatment plan & I came back two weeks later to discuss my options...and the journey began. I have had three procedures under IV sedation, no pain, no narcotics needed for aftercare. Dr. Amin is a consumate, experienced oral surgeon who cares about your health & understands your fears. He communicates every step of the way and will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to improve your health. I am still working toward my end goal, and we had to zig from traditional implants and zag to zygomatic implants instead...which is the reason I chose him in the first place. If there was nothing else that could be done to get me healthy & smiling again, I knew he would have that option to help me. And of course 2020, the year of CV-19. Don't worry, Dr. Amin & his staff follow all health & safety protocols. This review is long, because it is important you know my journey, so you might understand how fortunate I feel to be healing. I'm torn, because this place is like a great restaurant, I want to shout from the rooftops how great it is, how great he is. And at the same time, I want to keep this all to myself. I come 75 miles each way to see him. I know people travel from all over the world for his expertise. Do yourself a favor, have a consultation. You won't regret it. Dr. Amin is amazing and so is his staff.
Jennifer B.
Jennifer B.
December 18, 2020.
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amin and his professional staff. I have to start off and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of the dentist due to several past experiences. I found myself putting this off for YEARS until I was referred over to Dr. Amin. I was petrified on my first visit... but he along with his WONDERFUL staff made me feel so calm and at ease. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done, but we found the perfect plan that worked out for me, and I couldn't be happier. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every staff member that made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Amin was always so attentive in asking if I was ever in pain... and I never was. These are truly remarkable individuals, and I'm so lucky to have a dentist that I can trust. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you,
D M.
D M.
December 17, 2020.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amin and his staff. I originally found them on Yelp about two years ago. I needed an implant, front tooth of all places, and was extremely nervous not only about surgery but about how it would turn out. Let me just say I just adore the staff. Everyone is crazy friendly and the whole office has a very positive vibe. The staff is adorable and always has me smiling by the time I leave. They are all thorough and on-point about what they do, and I truly appreciate it. They are quick to respond to my emails no matter the question, and their appointment reminders are great too. Dr. Amin is very thorough and reassuring, and answered any questions my husband or I had. My regular dentist had questions about the procedure and Dr. Amin's office even reached out to them at my request (my dentist said they never received a call, but Dr. Amin's staff had date, time and notes - love the thoroughness!). After surgery the Dr. called to leave me a message about how it went. Very minimal pain during healing, never any pain during any visits. It took a few tries to get everything just right for the permanent crown (color, etc), but the end result is beyond fantastic! At one point during healing I thought I was experiencing some looseness or wiggling but unfortunately couldn't make it to the office. When I was finally able to make it in the Dr. was so relieved, bless his heart. Luckily it was just a false alarm and everything checked out ok. They're a bit further out from me, but I wanted the best. I sure found it! I wish they were my regular dentist, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again for my check-up which was delayed due to COVID.
Melissa E.
Melissa E.
December 9, 2020.
I found Dr. Amin a few years back after I hadn't been to a dentist in a decade. Many traumatic dental experiences in childhood have made me so phobic that even getting a cleaning was a knee-knocking, heart-pounding trial. But finally I couldn't put off some things any longer. During my first anesthesia session, Dr. Amin replaced five old metal fillings, and during the second he did three more plus a crown. I was completely comfortable, and never felt a thing. Because they were extra-long sessions, I did sleep for about 12 hours after, but the next day I felt just fine. This past week, my back top tooth cracked in half and fell out of my mouth, and a couple days later the crown on the remainder of the tooth fell out too! Despite being nervous about Covid 19, I had to get it taken care of, so I called and quizzed the staff about precautions, which turned out to be even above and beyond what I would have expected. So yesterday I went for the tooth extraction and plug. After they put on the blood pressure cuff and put in the IV, I gradually got a little tired and closed my eyes. I sat there for about 10 minutes and thought Gee, I wonder if they're going to get started any time soon, and a minute later Dr. Amin said "Wake up, you're all done!" That was a short session, and I didn't have the kind of fatigue I did my first time. I stayed up most of the evening. Today, everything is good! I'm taking my antibiotic and eating soft foods, and there is surprisingly little pain now that the numbness has worn off. The tooth site and my cheek are a little sore, and the corner of my mouth, and I have a very slight headache, but nothing to any great level--I'm not even taking the acetaminophen. I feel good, and wide awake. Thanks to everyone at the office for a comfortable and professional job! I really REALLY appreciate you for giving me painless dental experiences!
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
December 3, 2020.
What can I say about Dr. Amin he is the best! I'm so grateful for him. He has literally changed my life and given me the confidence to smile more. I had major restorative dental work done and everything went smoothly. Dr. Amin is very compassionate and he really cares about his patients he made me feel comfortable and cared for. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. His office is very clean and they take the patients health and safety very serious. His staff is also amazing they made me feel very welcomed and important. I'm so happy I did my research and found Dr. Amin.  Thank you Dr. Amin and team.
Sheila S.
Sheila S.
November 6, 2020.
Two implants done! Finished all procedures and I couldn't be happier. It's the first time in years I looked forward to going to the dentist. Even during Covid life the staff and Dr. Amin took care of me. There is a possibility I may move to Long Beach but I would still travel to keep Dr. Amin as my dentist.
Allison S.
Allison S.
November 4, 2020.
I could not ask for a more caring, exceptionally knowledgeable dental care provider. He's not just a dentist, but someone who looks after your immediate dental needs and helps you plan and prepare for the future.
Julia R.
Julia R.
October 8, 2020.
I've been going to Dr. Amin since I turned 16 and have been going since. Before going to Dr. Amin's dental office, I had 4 crowns that I was not happy with and dealt with it until finally I asked Dr. Amin and because I  feel comfortable and because I trust him with his work I recently had my crowns fixed and worked on by  Dr. Amin and have never loved my smile the way I do now, I can actually enjoy my pictures, I can enjoy my smile from either angle and that really mattered to me. Thank you so much Dr. Amin still and will be in love with MY smile
Aaron D.
Aaron D.
October 6, 2020.
I've been coming to Dr. Ramsey for about five years and I have to say, he is by far the best dentist I've had - ever. The staff is professional and kind, the office is exceptionally well maintained, and Dr. Ramsey is careful and extremely knowledgeable about current developments and research in dentistry. I recently had a dental implant which was a long process but well worth it. I required a sinus lift as well as a bone graft. The surgery went off without a hitch, I was comfortable and the healing process was quick and without complication. Highly recommend!!
Flo O.
Flo O.
September 21, 2020.
This is my 1st review of Dr. Amin, and in my over 17 years of being with him, my experiences with Dr. Amin and his staff have always been positive.  I don't recall a bad experience with the several implant procedures i have had.  They run an efficient office.  I like that they are proactive and reach out to their patients to remind us of routine care needed.  Dr. Amin's bedside care is impeccable.  They are also technologically up to date in terms of sending out texts as reminders, ability to incorporate any appointment into your mobile phone.  That is certainly a plus.  Keep up the great care!!!