If you have teeth that are damaged or are just not happy with your smile, you may be a good candidate for dentures. Whether you need a handful of teeth replaced or think you need a whole new smile, our team at Cascade Dental Care can help. We offer a variety of restorative treatment options, including complete and partial dentures.
What Are Complete Dentures?
Complete dentures are intended to replace your entire set of teeth. The two types of complete dentures available are conventional dentures and implant-retained dentures. Each denture type has several distinct benefits based on your individual needs.
Conventional dentures are custom made to fit your mouth and restore the look of natural teeth. They involve complete removal of any remaining teeth and are generally reserved as a last resort if other restorative methods have proven insufficient. Conventional dentures come in an immediate and custom molded variety, and each type has several pros and cons.
The other type of complete dentures is called implant-retained dentures. They can be used for small groupings of teeth but are typically used to replace all teeth. The procedure for implant-retained dentures is more invasive than conventional dentures, but it offers several distinct benefits.
As with traditional dentures, this type is custom made based on measurements of your mouth. However, surgical implants are installed into your jawbone. The dentures click onto these implants and are secured in place.
These implants provide a more stable base for biting and chewing. These dentures also last much longer than conventional dentures. However, they must be removed nightly and thoroughly cleaned.
What Are Partial Dentures?
The two primary types of partial dentures are removable and fixed partial dentures. Fixed partial dentures are interchangeably called an implant-supported bridge. Removable partial dentures can be cast or acrylic partial dentures. Our team can discuss the benefits of each type and help you decide which option best suits your needs.
Fixed partial dentures are more aesthetically pleasing than removable partial dentures. They are also stronger and provide better chewing ability than removable dentures. However, they may increase the risk of decay in the adjacent teeth if care procedures are not followed.
Cast partial dentures are considered a long-term solution. They include a metal framework, replacement teeth, and an acrylic portion that matches the color of your gums. Cast dentures are made using a mold of your gum line. They are comfortable and safe for your teeth and gums.
Acrylic partial dentures are a short-term solution because they are supported by your gums and do not receive additional support from your remaining teeth. Long-term use could put you at risk for gum damage. These are generally used as a temporary solution while your permanent dentures are being made.
How Long Will They Last?
The life of your dentures will vary depending on the type of dentures and the quality of care that they receive. Dentures generally last approximately 10-15 years but can last longer. Implant-based dentures will exceed this number with regular exams and good oral hygiene.
Let our professionals at Cascade Dental Care get you smiling again. Contact us at 360-916-4200 and book your appointment today.