Dentures Specialist

Arne Gundersen, D.D.S. -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Gundersen Dental Care

Arne Gundersen, D.D.S.

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Tumwater, WA

Dentures help to restore the look of a healthy mouth if you have lost your teeth due to illness or injury. At Gundersen Dental Care, the main priority is to help you regain the natural structure of your mouth and improve your appearance after having lost your teeth. Dr. Arne Gundersen and his staff welcome everyone living in Tumwater, Washington and the surrounding communities including Olympia, and Lacey, to visit his practice and discuss their options when it comes to dentures and partials.

Dentures Q & A

Why would I need dentures?

Your oral health depends on having all your teeth to maintain structural integrity. When that is no longer possible, there are options that can help you protect your remaining teeth for proper function and appearances. When implants and bridges aren’t an option, full or partial dentures can restore your ability to eat a variety of foods and show your smile.

How are dentures made?

In order to make a set of dentures, Dr. Gundersen will make molds of your upper and lower teeth, or simply the gums if no teeth are present. With those molds, he will make a relief that will be used to create plates that fit your jaw line. The plates will be fashioned out of a hard resin polymer and created to look as close to your original teeth as possible.

What happens when I get my new dentures?

As with other new things in life, there is a trial/breakin period with dentures. Dr. Gundersen will first insert them into your mouth for proper placement. He will test the bite and comfort of the dentures and make adjustments needed.

If your dentures were made shortly after removal of teeth, there may need to be some resizing as the gums shrink with healing, so the dentures fit securely. Any gum sores you experience due to your dentures are a signal that they need to be adjusted for your comfort.

There is a learning process with dentures. Dr. Gundersen will help you with information regarding cleaning and protecting your dentures from damage, as well as what products may be helpful in keeping them in place to improve your experience when eating and speaking.

You may speak a little differently when you first get dentures. Most people learn to overcome any problems with speech in a short time. It just takes practice.

Can dental implants be used for dentures and partials?

Yes. Dental implants can give partial plates extra stability. If needed, Dr. Gundersen can add additional implants to the existing ones to create a firm foundation for your dentures.

When should you consider getting dentures?

As you age and your body begins to lose calcium, your teeth can begin to break down and weaken. Cavities and decay may become more prominent.

Dr. Gundersen can identify many of these problems and he may recommend the use of dentures as a way to help you regain your oral health. Dentures will allow you to chew your food more efficiently to help you maintain a proper diet.


Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We’ll work with your insurance provider to make sure your coverage meets your needs and your budget. Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant PPO/Dental Health Alliance
Delta Dental
Premera Blue Cross