Struggles With Dentures & Partials

Teeth are one of the first things that people notice about a person. Unfortunately, not every individual was born with perfect teeth or their ideal smile. In fact, very few people actually have the smile that they’d like to have. At times people simply don’t fully develop all of their teeth, while other times accidents can happen that leave their smiles looking like less full. Luckily there are a few solutions that can help you feel confident about your smile and provide you with the same functionalities as your natural teeth would.

For ages, there were only a few options that people could turn to when they wanted to alter their smile. Even fewer options were around when it came to dental solutions that would help your smile if you had missing teeth. What we have a hard time wrapping our mind around is that people are still using these original procedures when there have been so much growth and development improving the results and look of smiles over the years.

PNW Specialists in Periodontics and Dental Implants has provided the Seattle area with high-quality services to help individuals that are looking to improve their smile, get to their end goal. Today’s blog post is going to cover two of the solutions that have been around for years, that we still see many people using, but what we’re really going to look at is the downfalls of each procedure and why dental implants are going to be a better option for the results that you want.


The one solution that has been around for decades, and for the longest time was the only option available when trying to make up for missing teeth, are your well-known dentures. While dentures may have a reputation of being tied to elderly individuals, that’s not at all what the demographics of dentures look like.

Dentures are designed so that they can fit on just the top of your mouth, just on the bottom, or a full set, all based off your needs. Since they were the only option for so many people that were losing teeth, the primary people that are seen using them are the older generations. However, there are so many people that utilize these on a daily basis. The thing is that while they were the primary option for quite some time, they certainly aren’t the best option that’s available for people now.

The main problem that we come across with this type of solution is that dentures don’t feel like your natural teeth in the slightest. As a whole, they can feel awkward while in your mouth because they aren’t extremely attached to anything. What ends up happening with this is that as you chew or you start to talk, the movement itself can feel extremely unnatural. Most people that choose this dental solution are choosing it because they aren’t entirely aware that there are other options that are better.


Partials are one of the newer solutions that we are seeing used more and more frequently. These are a newer solution than dentures and they are certainly different in terms of their structure and overall look, but the idea is pretty similar.

This is a solution that works to take things one step further with the aesthetic and functionality of your teeth. Partials are very similar to dentures, but they can fit a little bit tighter and will only fill the areas that you have teeth missing. Unfortunately, this solution may look better but it doesn’t provide much more in terms of comfort or in functionality.

As a whole, both of these older solutions simply don’t fit the mouth and they just don’t feel natural. While they were enough of a solution for people to turn to them, they aren’t the best option available anymore. Rather than settle for something that the only sort of works, you could invest in full dental implants and enjoy a much more natural feel.

One of the primary reasons that dental implants are so much better than these two solutions that we’ve just covered is the ability to tackle the bone loss struggle that is inevitable. As the mouth reshapes and loses more bone, dentures, and partials are much less likely to stay in place or work as well as they once did. From this comes a bunch of frustration and struggle, which makes the end results of dental implants even more worth it.

As a whole, these two solutions will take care of your bare minimum, but they won’t provide you with a comfortable lifestyle or full functionality. The last thing that you want is to live your life without full ability to enjoy a meal or feel confident, and that’s where our team wants to come in and provide a truly life-changing solution.

If you’ve been using an outdated solution to accommodate missing teeth, then it’s time to reach out to our team and talk some more about what the dental implant process looks like. We can sit down with you and provide you with an idea of what solutions are going to make great options with your circumstances. Contact us today so that we can get started on the journey to your favorite smile.

Why Choose Us

There are many reasons to choose Pacific Northwest Periodontics as THE place to go for your dental implant services.

As periodontists, Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are extensively trained specialists in dental implant treatment. They are both highly skilled surgeons with decades of experience.

Our doctors are also board-certified periodontists and Diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology, the highest status awarded for technical proficiency in their field.

Due to their exceptional surgical skills and use of highly advanced technology, our doctors can provide same-day implants and new teeth for most patients needing extractions and tooth replacement, and for many patients who already have missing teeth but no severe bone loss.

This includes fixed-in full-arch replacement teeth with the All-on-4 ® New Teeth in One Day procedure.

Our doctors use full surgical infection control procedures during your implant surgery, and use only the highest quality implants for your treatment.

They thoroughly explain your treatment to you and answer all your questions so you are completely informed and comfortable.

Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are also recognized in the community as leading experts in dental implant treatment. As a result, many other dentists and their families see our doctors for THEIR periodontal and dental implant needs.

How Dentures Become Loose

The jawbone supporting your teeth needs the pressure from chewing and biting to maintain its volume and density. When your teeth are lost, that pressure is gone and the bone around the missing teeth gradually dissolves away. When all your teeth are missing, the entire dental arch gradually loses height and thickness, and causes the lower third of your face to collapse.

The pressure on your jaw caused by dentures actually accelerates this bone loss and facial collapse. This is why dentures repeatedly come loose over time and need to be relined or refit. As the jawbone  continues to shrink, it will be harder and harder to make the dentures fit well at all.

Dental implants can be used to retain dentures so they will not slip and become loose. Implants are placed in the jaw with special attachments that snap into corresponding pieces on the underside of the denture. This keeps the denture from slipping or falling out, and eliminates the need for adhesives. However, this system does not provide the increased chewing pressure needed to prevent further loss of bone.

The strongest and most stable solution is to have new teeth fixed onto the implants. Our doctors can place four specially designed implants in your arch that stably support a full-arch set of fixed-in new teeth. These new teeth will have 80% of full chewing power, won’t slip or irritate your gums, and will provide the chewing pressure that prevents further bone loss.

Known as the “All-on-4” procedure, even patients who have severe bone loss can receive this treatment without needing any bone grafting… And in the vast majority of cases, we can perform the entire procedure and have you walk out with new replacement teeth in one visit!

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants have many advantages over all other tooth replacement options.

First, dental implants are the strongest and most lifelike form of tooth replacement. A tooth supported by a dental implant has nearly the same biting and chewing power as a natural, healthy tooth. Thus you can eat all the foods you need and want without discomfort or difficulty.

Dental implants also provide the chewing pressure that your jawbone needs to maintain its volume and density. Where teeth are missing, bone loss occurs and the jawline sinks. When all your teeth are missing, the entire jaw line loses height and the lower third of your face eventually collapses.

Wearing dentures does not provide the type of pressure needed to maintain jawbone volume and height. In fact, the pressure on the jaw from dentures accelerates the bone loss and facial collapse. This not only makes you look much older, it causes the denture to repeatedly become loose and need refitting.

A full arch set of replacement teeth solidly fixed onto dental implants will provide this pressure and will help prevent this bone loss. It will preserve the size and shape of your jaw while at the same time giving you near full chewing power. Additionally, the upper arch of replacement teeth will not have the false palate that traditional dentures require, and your sense of taste will not be hampered.

Another advantage of dental implants is that no grinding down of the adjacent teeth is needed to replace a missing tooth – as is necessary for a dental bridge. Ground down teeth become weakened and can develop infection or other complications over time.

Dental bridges also have a 10 year average lifespan, whereas dental implants… given proper care… can last a lifetime.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jawbone to act as a replacement root for a missing tooth.

After the implant is placed, the bone cells surrounding the inserted implant grow, and eventually fuse to the implant surfaces. This anchors the implant firmly in the jaw and makes the implant as strong as a natural tooth root.

Implants are placed to support new replacement teeth, also known as dental restorations. However, the restoration cannot be placed on the top of the implant directly. A second piece, known as an abutment, is secured on top of the implant to act as the attachment point for the new teeth.

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Dental Implants: The Solution for Missing Teeth

When you have a missing or broken down tooth, there are several ways you can replace it. The best way to replace a tooth is to use a dental implant, as it is the most natural acting and longest lasting tooth replacement option.

The dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is placed into your jaw. A crown is then placed on top of the implant, which will now act as your replacement tooth. Dental implants are the strongest, longest-lasting and most lifelike replacement option for missing teeth.

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The Benefits of Dental Implants


  • Dental Implants are the strongest and longest lasting tooth replacement solution.
  • They look and feel like natural teeth. Most people don’t even notice the difference between their dental implants and their other teeth.
  • A tooth supported by a dental implant has nearly the same biting and chewing power as a natural, healthy tooth. This means you can eat all the foods you want without discomfort or difficulty.
  • Dental Implants don’t require you to alter your other teeth. Other tooth replacement options, like dental bridges, require you to grind down adjacent teeth. These teeth are not as strong or healthy after having been ground down. Continue reading “The Benefits of Dental Implants”

Same Day Implants

For many patients who need to replace their teeth, Drs. Rapoport & Schuler can place dental implants and a functional tooth or teeth in the same day, without the need of bone grafting. They have developed their own streamlined processes, using the latest technology and procedures to ensure a very high success rate. These processes also mean minimal post-treatment discomfort.

What makes same day teeth replacement possible?

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Maintenance of Dental Implants

Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions after your dental implant procedure to help you care for your new implants. With proper care, they should last you a lifetime. Although dental implants mimic natural teeth, there are some important differences. First, they are made from man-made materials and secondly, dental implants are attached to the surrounding tissue in different ways. The implant itself is made up of an artificial root and joins to the crown by something known as an abutment.
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