Arrowhead Dental Associates provides dentures in Charlestown, RI. Call us today at 401-364-6300 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Dentures are a tooth replacement option that can give you a new, functional smile. Whether some or all of your teeth need to be replaced, there are dentures that can meet your specific needs.
When you need a complete replacement for all of the teeth in either the upper and/or lower jaw, full dentures are a cost-effective solution. Traditional dentures adhere to the gums by suction or denture adhesives. They can be removed for cleaning and are usually not worn at night.
Traditional dentures consist of an acrylic base that resembles natural gum tissue. The artificial teeth are made of porcelain, resin, or other materials depending on the type you choose. The cost of dentures varies based on the quality of the materials used.
If some of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw are still healthy, those teeth can be used as anchors for partial dentures to replace the teeth that are missing or can’t be saved. Partial dentures can replace several teeth in an arch.
Removable partial dentures are also made of a combination of acrylic and other materials. They attach to the existing teeth with metal pieces that wrap around them. A fixed partial denture, otherwise known as a bridge, can attach via crowns over the existing teeth on either side.
Implant Supported Dentures
Full and partial dentures can be anchored in place by dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed in the jaw. A few dental implants can anchor a complete set of dentures or a partial denture.
Implant supported dentures are more secure with less slipping while eating or talking. They can be removable or fixed depending on your needs and preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures depends on a variety of factors, including the materials used, the size and type of the dentures, and any preparatory procedures that may be needed such as pulling teeth or bone grafting. Arrowhead Dental can provide you with an estimate after an initial consultation.
Which is better, traditional dentures or implant supported dentures?
What’s best for each individual patient differs. Implant supported dentures are more secure and tend to be more comfortable, but they cost more than traditional dentures. Traditional dentures may be more cost effective, but they allow for bone loss in the jaw, whereas implants help to preserve bone structure. Arrowhead Dental will help you weigh the pros and cons to make the best decision for you.
How do you care for dentures?
Removable full and partial dentures can be brushed with a denture cleaning brush and soaked in denture soak or water. Always use cleaning products that are made for the denture type you have, because using the wrong products could damage your dentures.
How long do dentures last?
The lifespan of dentures depends a lot on the quality of the materials used to make them. The higher quality (higher cost) of your dentures, the longer they tend to last. Dentures may last anywhere from 8-12 years.