Dr. Travis Howey has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist for your dentures.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Howey has averaged 50 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of Washington are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
“Wonderful family atmosphere. Staff go out of their way to make you feel important. Dr. Howey is very passionate about his work.”
Dr. Travis Howey, with a high-tech cosmetic dental office located in Issaquah, is experienced with dentures.
Dentures & Treatment Options For Missing Teeth
Our goal at Klahanie Family Dentistry is to help you preserve natural teeth as long as possible. We always remind our patients that teeth can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office.
However, we understand that nobody is perfect and that sometimes people tend to neglect nighttime brushing or skip dental appointments. Eventually, if this happens too often, a tooth will be affected by decay and need to be removed. Tooth loss has many consequences, so it’s always advisable to replace the missing tooth or teeth as soon as possible to prevent further inconveniences.
One possible alternative is removable dental prosthetics – a partial or a full denture. Dr. Howey can explain all the different teeth replacement options and ask you about your expectations to determine which one is the most suitable for you.
Photo features a hand holding an immediate full denture (false teeth).
Dentures are a set of artificial teeth that is custom-made in a dental lab to fit your mouth perfectly. They fit snugly over the gum tissue where teeth used to be, so they basically replace the missing natural teeth.
Apart from the obvious aesthetic benefit, dentures help patients with multiple missing teeth to eat and talk better. They can be easily removed for cleaning, keeping both the denture and the gum tissue free of bacteria and rests of food.
There are different types of dentures, depending on the patient’s need. The most common ones are:
A full or complete denture is an acrylic removable dental prosthesis that replaces all upper or lower teeth. It is suitable for patients missing all teeth in a dental arch. Full dentures cover all the gum tissue where teeth used to be, and the upper one also has an acrylic plate that covers the roof of the mouth. These dentures sit snugly on the gums or are held in place by dental adhesive. They are not the most comfortable option (they don’t have the best retention), but they are the most affordable alternative.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures are a removable prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth. They snap into place between the existing teeth, filling the black gap where natural teeth used to be.
Partial dentures use the remaining teeth for support and retention. They are an economical alternative to dental implants or bridges, and they provide more comfort than complete dentures. However, unlike dental implants, partial dentures don’t prevent bone resorption and all its consequences, so patients need to understand the long-term effects of this type of denture before moving forward with the treatment.
At Klahanie Family Dentistry, Dr. Howey tries to make partial dentures as discreet as possible.
Photo features a hand holding a partial denture (false teeth).
Partial dentures near me
You might want to ask Dr. Howey at Klahanie Family Dentistry in Issaquah, WA, about partial dentures if you are missing one or multiple teeth but still have healthy remaining teeth.
Partial dentures represent an affordable and straightforward option to fill the gaps in your smile. It is particularly advisable if you’re worried about how expensive other tooth replacement alternatives like implants or bridges can be.
We’d be happy to see you at our office and discuss the alternatives until we find a course of treatment to improve your smile within your budget.
Why should I choose partial dentures?
Partial dentures are the perfect choice for patients who want to replace missing teeth and have a limited budget. If you have dental insurance, most plans cover at least a part of the treatment, which can help keep your expenses to a minimum. Partial dentures are comfortable and easy to care for!
How much do partial dentures cost?
The cost of partial dentures depends on many factors, but the most important ones are how many teeth you need to replace and what type of dental insurance coverage you have. We cannot estimate a budget over the phone – the dentist needs to examine your mouth, and our receptionists need to check your insurance coverage to give you an accurate quote. That’s why the best way is to schedule a consultation and come in for evaluation. At Klahanie Family Dentistry, we’ll make sure all of your questions are answered.
Full dentures that snap on to implants
2, 4 or more dental implants can be used to secure a denture.
Implant-supported dentures are the best of both worlds. These dentures are still removable (perfectly hygienic), but they also have excellent retention as they snap onto implants surgically screwed into the jawbone.
In addition to the comfort of eating without worrying about your fake teeth, snap-in dentures also have other long-term benefits. They help preserve the structure of the jawbone, which prevents the normal deterioration that happens over time. This means that the denture will not rub on the gum tissue, causing irritation and discomfort. Read more about implant-supported dentures here: (link to implant section)
We can restore your smile at Klahanie Family Dentistry.
Dr. Howey and his team are happy to help Issaquah, WA, area patients brighten their smiles. If you’re missing one or more teeth and need to discuss replacement options, please get in contact with our office at (425) 557-9900. We will schedule a consultation to answer all of your questions.Read more and find pricing on the Dental Implants page.