The Different Types of Dentures
Partial & Full Dentures
When most people think of dentures, a picture of a traditional set of full dentures comes to mind — a removable set of teeth to replace complete tooth loss. These traditional full dentures are an affordable tooth loss solution that can allow you to eat and smile more easily.
Partial dentures are much like full dentures but are made for people who still have some teeth. They’re still fully removable, but have gaps in them to account for remaining teeth.
Implant-supported dentures use several dental implants, a revolutionary tooth replacement solution, to secure a denture in your mouth. We can either use your current dentures or create a new set for you.
To begin the process, Dr. Bloomquist will examine your oral condition and determine if you need any preparative procedures. Then, the procedure will be the same as for a single dental implant but with multiple implants for added stability.
Snap-In & Overdentures
Like implant-supported dentures, overdentures use dental implants to make sure your dentures are secure, but they can be removed for cleaning. You’ll receive multiple implants for stability and once they’ve healed, Dr. Bloomquist will show you how to put in and take out your dentures.
Denture Maintenance & Repair
At-home care for your dentures depends on the type of dentures you have.
For fully removable dentures, you’ll take your dentures out at the end of the day for cleaning. Lightly brush them to remove any debris, then soak them overnight in a denture solution.
If you have implant-supported dentures, care for them the same way you would clean natural teeth — simple brushing and flossing, as well as regular check-ups with your dentist are recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re unhappy with the way your dentures fit, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. We can look at your dentures and identify the issue, then repair or replace them with a more suitable option.
If your dentures break, first assess the damage to see how they’re broken. Then, call our office at (253) 857-4114 to let us know so we can schedule an appointment to look at them. We recommend against repairing your denture at home, and though it may be difficult, don’t use your denture until we can repair it — it could cause more harm to you.
Most dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of dentures — to see the details of your coverage, contact your insurance company.
Dentures can be made from a variety of materials, including acrylic, nylon, or metal. Often, the teeth are made from porcelain or acrylic resin because of their natural appearance and ability to blend in with any remaining teeth.
To clean your fully removable dentures, remove them from your mouth, rinse them off, and brush them lightly with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Overnight, soak them in a denture solution.
Avoid traditional at-home whitening products, as they can damage your dentures. Instead, ask your dentist about a non-abrasive denture cleaning solution — if you’re still not satisfied, we may be able to professionally clean your dentures.
Dental implants can be used to secure your current denture or a new denture to your jaw. We can either permanently affix your denture, or make it available to snap in and out. Either method provides a more stable bite and fewer worries throughout the day.