Dentures in Germantown, MD
Total Dental Care offers dentures in Germantown, MD. Call 240-813-9111 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
A denture replaces multiple missing teeth. Dentures can be fixed or removable, partial or full, and implant supported or not. Fixed dentures require implants, while removable dentures may or may not rely on implants for attachment.
Traditional Dentures for the Edentulous Patient
(Missing All Teeth in Either the Upper or Lower Arch)
Traditional dentures are removable, and do not use implants. Traditional dentures include an acrylic base that is custom-made in the dental laboratory to mimic the appearance of natural gums, and this base sits over the gums, holding the denture in place. A complete (full) denture is made after all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. Denture paste or adhesive is often to used to assist in holding the denture in place. Removable dentures can be removed and cleaned when not being worn.
Traditional Dentures for the Patient Missing Multiple Teeth in One Arch
A traditional partial denture is a removable solution for replacing many teeth in one arch when there are still some natural teeth present. In this case, the acrylic base will also contain some metal attachments that wrap around the existing teeth for added support. Partial dentures can also be attached to crowns on either side of the denture. Removable partial dentures can be removed and cleaned when not being worn.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implants can be used to anchor dentures in place, allowing for a smaller base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use. Implants can support both full and partial dentures as well as both fixed and removable dentures.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures
How long do dentures last?
It is common for traditional dentures to need replacing after about 5 to 8 years. Dentures made of acrylic resin tend to last longer than plastic dentures, so it’s possible you may need new ones sooner or later than the average range depending on the material and quality of your dentures.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures ranges from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. It depends on the quality and type of dentures you get. Implant supported dentures cost more than traditional dentures. Dentures made with high quality materials and processing may cost more as well. But the higher the quality, the longer they last and the more natural they will look.
How many implants are needed for implant supported dentures?
It depends on the individual patient, but on average you will need between 2 and 4 implants to support a full arch denture in either the upper or lower jaw. This means that if you need full dentures on both the upper and lower jaw, you may need anywhere from 4 to 8 implants in total.
If I have a few healthy teeth left, should I keep them or have them pulled?
Some patients have a few healthy teeth that can remain in place. If so, it is a good idea to keep them where they are to act as support for a partial denture. A partial denture can clip onto existing teeth with metal clasps, providing more stability than a full denture.
Are fixed or removable dentures better?
If you’re debating between fixed and removable dentures, the best option for you depends on your needs and preferences. Fixed dentures are supported by dental implants and will remain in your mouth until your dentist removes them. Removable dentures are supported by suction, adhesives, or implants and can be taken out at night to clean and soak. We can discuss the options with you to help you make the best choice.