Tooth Replacement Options in McMinnville, Oregon
Eat, Smile, and Live Confidently
There is a general assumption that missing teeth are the result of poor oral hygiene, but that isn’t always the case. Many of the patients at our McMinnville, Oregon dentistry have lost teeth due to other factors, like accidents, sports injuries, or even genetics. Having missing teeth can cause embarrassment and make you reluctant to smile. But our team can assure you that having missing teeth is no reason to feel ashamed and will work to fix the problem for you.
Implant-supported dentistry provides a long-lasting choice that is nearly as good as growing a new set of teeth! Once expertly placed in the same bone that once supported your teeth, the implants will give you the strength and function of a natural tooth. Modern porcelain provides a result so lifelike; you may forget they aren’t your natural teeth. Our team can also attach dentures to implants when more than one missing tooth needs to be replaced. The stability and confidence you develop with implants will leave you smiling.
Using the latest technology, Dr. Frances Golly will collect all the data necessary to plan your restorative case. Digital x-rays, 3D mapping, models, and photographs will allow our team to see angles and make the best plans. Dr. Frances Golly works with highly regarded specialists to bring all components of your case together while serving as quarterback for the entirety of your treatment plan.
The initial implant placement procedure is likely easier than you fear. Dr. Frances Golly offers guidance on various types of sedation to fit your comfort level. Modern dental anesthetic is used to numb the site before experienced hands place the implant. A tiny guide hole provides a path for threading a small implant cylinder into place. After being inserted precisely, the sterile piece is covered with a healing cap to protect it.
In some cases, a temporary or permanent crown may be inserted at the time of surgery. Cases that involve multiple implants often benefit from this step, so you can smile confidently as your implants heal.
Because implants can’t withstand normal bite forces until the bone has integrated fully with the implant body, Dr. Frances Golly will work closely with you to determine the best practices for healing. This period typically lasts 3-6 months as the bone grows around the implant. Most patients report minimal discomfort following placement, and the procedure is usually less painful than an extraction!
Including implant placement in a treatment plan sets a solid foundation for an array of restorative options to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
After your implants have healed, custom-crafted crowns or bridges can be attached to the implants using screws or dental cement. Personalization of your restoration plan allows for a full range of services to be considered, whether replacing one tooth or restoring the entire mouth. Regardless of your situation, we have a solution for you.
One of Healthcare’s Greatest Values
You may be surprised to learn that even with all the benefits of dental implants, the procedure is still one of the best values in modern healthcare. When compared to the replacement of other hard structures and joints, most dental implant procedures can be completed at a small fraction of the cost. Plus, most patients can resume normal activity right away while still enjoyed a lifetime of normal chewing, bite stability, and fantastic appearance. We know the cost of dental implants is an important part of creating a complete plan that works for you, and our team will always keep that factor top of mind.
The cost of dental implant services is dependent on several critical factors that vary between patients. Don’t be fooled by practices that offer a free quote for implants before an examination! Careful evaluation and treatment planning is needed to form a complete blueprint of the restoration process and to consider what is best for you. Dr. Frances Golly customizes each treatment plan after evaluating your oral health, needs, wants and budget.
All About Smiles Family Dentistry can ensure you will get the highest possible value in modern implant dentistry, resulting in years of natural function and a smile you love to show off. We look forward to discussing how we can work together to find the best solution for you!
When you cross bridge over the water, you’re being supported using the same principles that apply to a dental bridge. Crowned teeth on either side of a space called abutments help to support an artificial tooth, called a pontic. While a bridge can last for many years, sometimes the strain of supporting one or more missing teeth can cause the abutments themselves to weaken and may lead to more missing teeth.
A Better Bridge
In most cases, dental implants offer a better solution, eliminating most of the load-bearing strain you see in traditional dental bridges. When carefully placed in the bone, an implant mimics the root of a tooth. They bear the load that the natural teeth used to hold, sparing the neighboring teeth from excessive force. Sometimes, two implants may be used to build a bridge spanning from one solid titanium piece to another.
Although the planning becomes more complicated with larger spaces, Dr. Frances Golly knows how to bring the puzzle pieces together to fit any scenario. Regardless of the scope of your treatment, our team will provide the necessary steps to give you a functional, brilliant smile.
Dentures provide an affordable way to replace any number of missing teeth in your mouth. They have a long history of success and continue to be a viable option for rebuilding your smile.
Dentures are removable substitutes for missing teeth. Full dentures are used for patients missing all their natural teeth, while partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth here or there to eliminate gaps and improve chewing. Denture treatment is customized specifically to each patient, and Dr. Frances Golly will help you decide which option works best for you.
Full Dentures (Conventional And Implant-Supported)
Sometimes dental conditions like tooth decay or gum disease can become unmanageable. The best solution may be to remove your remaining teeth on one or both arches. Full dentures are an economical and efficient way to restore your function and smile. A complete denture consists of a thin gum-colored acrylic base that rests on the gum tissue. Porcelain or acrylic replacement teeth built into the base give the appearance of natural teeth. Our team understands that your smile is unique, and Dr. Frances Golly has the experience to help you select the teeth that will look the most natural. This also gives you the opportunity to customize the way you look; whether you want a “new” smile or want to recreate the one you had.
While dentures boast a long history of successful use, modern technology offers some options to enhance both how dentures fit and the way you look. In many cases, dentures can be secured more firmly to your jaw by using dental implants. In addition to having greater retention and a more natural look, implant-supported dentures tend to last longer. Dr. Frances Golly can discuss these options and help you understand the ways they can improve your experience with dentures.
Whether you’ve lost one tooth or many, gaps in your smile can make chewing difficult. Partial dentures offer an economical solution to replace missing teeth, fill in the spaces, improve chewing ability, and restore your confidence to smile. A partial denture will also help keep your natural teeth from shifting, lowering the risk of losing those teeth in the future.
Most partial dentures contain a thin metal framework that is designed with small metal clasps that wrap around the gum line of existing teeth, allowing for a smooth, non-bulky feel. The framework is supported by your natural teeth to provide a reliable, secure appliance that is easy to use and remove. Where teeth are missing, natural-looking replacement teeth are attached, and gum-colored acrylic is used to cover the metal framework. Remember your mouth and your needs are unique, and Dr. Frances Golly works closely alongside skilled technicians to create a solution that is functional, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing.
Using modern technology, implants can also be used to support removable partial dentures, improving the fit while minimizing bulk. Dentures inherently bring some challenges, especially to new wearers. Our goal is to minimize the everyday frustrations and keep you as comfortable as possible.
We look forward to discussing your options to make your mouth full again and to give you back a confident, glowing smile!