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Dentures – Salem, OR

A Sleeker Look to Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can make normal daily tasks extremely difficult. Whether it is eating or speaking or attempting to feel confident in your appearance, having a complete smile can make all the difference in the world. But how can it be achieved without it looking fake or unnatural? At Cochell Family Dentistry, Dr. Christel Cochell can provide dentures in Salem, OR or partials to give you the smile you need and deserve. No matter if it's a few missing teeth or an entire arch, she can work to create the sleek, beautiful restoration that will give you the confidence you need to live your life to the fullest. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

How Can Dentures/Partials Impact Your Appearance and Social Life?

A person wearing a medical glove and holding a full top denture for a patient

Without a complete smile, you may be tempted to avoid social gatherings. Since it is the first thing people notice, having a complete smile says a lot about who you are as a person, so if missing teeth are keeping you from enjoying the finer things in life, dentures or partials may just be the right solution for you.

But how do you know which one you need?

A partial is a custom-made prosthetic that is designed to work much like a puzzle piece. If you have missing teeth that are scattered along a top or bottom arch, a partial can be created to fill in the gaps and give you a complete smile.

Much like a partial, a denture is also custom-made, but instead of replacing only a few teeth, it restores an entire arch of teeth. Whether you need to replace all your teeth on the top, bottom, or both rows, these uniquely-designed restorations are smaller and sleeker, making them a comfortable, lifelike solution. 

What Can Dentures/Partials Fix and Who is a Good Candidate?

Image of a partial denture, complete with metal clasps in the front to hold it in place

Dentures and partials are custom restorations that will not only help you regain your oral function, but they can also restore your confidence. If you’re unsure if you are a good candidate for this type of restorative dentistry, an easy way to tell is if you have experienced significant tooth loss along one or both arches. You must also have healthy gum tissue and a sufficient jawbone that is sturdy enough to hold up your restoration.

How to Care for Your Dentures/Partials

A person using a denture brush to clean their dentures in the sink

Keeping your dentures/partials clean is key to maintaining good oral health and a damage-free smile. Some helpful tips to remember include:

What Are Implant Dentures?

Digital image of an implant-retained denture, complete with 6 dental implants

While dentures and partials might sound like a reasonable solution, you may be looking for something more permanent and offers more functionality. If so, implant-retained dentures are a great alternative. These titanium posts are surgically placed into your jawbone, creating a solid foundation for your implant partial or implant-retained denture. After months spent healing and allowing the implants to fuse with your jawbone and surrounding tissues, we will place your custom-made prosthetic so that it is secured into place.

Implant-retained dentures offer a host of benefits that cannot be obtained with any other type of tooth replacement solution, including:

Learn More About Implant Dentures

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

Couple smiling after cost of dentures in Salem

The cost of dentures in Salem differs for every person. Each case poses different requirements, so it’s impossible for our team at Cochell Family Dentistry to formulate a cost estimate without first completing a thorough consultation. Once we have all the details surrounding your case, we will generate an estimate that you can then review. We’ll discuss available payment options and if you have dental insurance, help maximize your benefits.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

Full denture in Salem

During your consultation with our dentist in Salem, there will be discussions regarding the state of your smile as well as what you will require when pursuing dentures. To determine how much your new teeth will cost, we’ll need to:

  • Survey how many teeth you are missing, as this will determine if you need a partial or full denture
  • Determine if you require any preliminary procedures such as periodontal therapy, fillings, crowns or extractions.
  • Recommend the appropriate materials to be used to craft your prosthetic

Many patients inquire about cheaper materials, which are certainly on the market; however, it is worth noting that choosing to opt for these will only result in costlier treatment later on. These often do not hold up as long as higher-quality materials, causing patients to need more adjustments and replacements.

During your consultation, we’ll explain why we use certain materials so that you better understand the benefit of investing in better-quality dentures.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

Implant dentures in Salem

Yes, implant dentures are more expensive upfront; however, they are well worth the investment when you consider that their surgical placement within the jawbone allows for permanency and optimal stability, which produces greater oral functionality when eating, speaking, and smiling.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

Man discussing dentures in Salem

When reviewing your dental insurance plan, our team will look to see if you are covered for dentures. Most companies do offer coverage for this type of restorative care, and it is often categorized as a service that will allow for 50% of the total bill to be paid for by your insurance company. Before moving forward, though, we will make sure you have met your deductible and have existing annual maximum funds available.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

Woman with dentures in Salem

Because not all patients have dental insurance, our team at Cochell Family Dentistry is pleased to partner with CareCredit, which is a third-party financier. With no surprise fees, you can lower your interest rate by enrolling in one of their available plans. This makes it possible for you to spread out the cost of your dentures over several months instead of paying the full amount upfront.