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