General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267

Mon-Thur
8am–5pm

Removable or Fixed Implant Dentures

Dentures and denture implants

When people think about dentures, it’s inevitable that their mind goes to teeth sitting in a jar by their grandparent’s bed, but that’s not all dentures can be.  Those dentures are the icon of dental days gone by when there were few good solutions for a permanent, natural-looking way to return teeth to those who had lost their original ones.  Today there are better options available in both the permanent and removable denture spheres.

A Revolution In Dental Technology: Dental Implants
Unlike those vaguely disturbing teeth that once sat on the nightstand in your grandparent’s room, dental implants provide in an incredible and natural feeling solution to missing teeth.  Known as “dental implants” these dentures are permanently affixed in your mouth, mounted atop titanium implants that are inserted into your jaw. While certainly more involved to get than traditional dentures they also serve to preserve the structure of your jaw and are much more comfortable to eat with.


  • Fixed Implant Retained Dentures – These are the most secure form of dental implants as they involve a greater number of mounting points than their removable implant counterparts.  These dentures are only removed twice a year during your check-up with your dentist, where they are examined for damage, thoroughly cleaned and whitened, and returned to your mouth.  You live with these as you’d live with your natural teeth.

  • Removable Implant Retained Dentures – These are significantly cheaper than the above implants but require additional care, as well as the retention of the upper plates, albeit at reduced sizes.  This allows a marked improvement in the enjoyment of the flavor and texture of foods, though not quite to the natural feeling experience of fixed implants. These are also able to be removed and cleaned at need.


Dental Implant Care And Maintenance
Whether you’ve gotten the removable implants or the fixed ones, you’re going to want to make sure you continue taking care of your teeth like you always have.  The significant changes you’re going to have to make involve using a soft-bristled brush, so you don’t damage your sparkling new dentures. The ability to remove the implants ensures that you can get your gums clean as well as all the hard to reach places on your dentures.  They also have special denture toothpaste that you can use that will help preserve them for a longer time, and you should continue to use mouthwash and even floss your new teeth to ensure they last you for the rest of your life.

When you’re ready to consider getting new dentures, pick up your phone and get in touch with your dentist to schedule an appointment.  Consider picking up the phone and giving Dr. Kevin Speer a call at the Oak Grove Dental Center in Milwaukie, Oregon for your dental consultation.  After determining if implant dentures are appropriate for you, they’ll help you learn how to take care of the implants you’ll be getting following the implant procedure.  Don’t spend another day with poor dentures or missing teeth, schedule an appointment to see if dental implants are right for you today.