Dr. Na Xu
Healthy Smiles Family Dental
2601 25th St., Suite 400
Salem, OR 97302
P: (503) 689-8936
F: (503) 339-1981
Hours Monday - Thursday 8:00am -5:00pm
Lunch 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Replacing Missing Teeth
|Rejuvenating your smile by replacing missing teeth is one of the most common cosmetic and restorative procedures that we perform at Healthy Smiles Family Dental. There are several methods we offer; from dental bridges to replace one or two missing teeth, to dentures that replace many teeth in one area of the mouth. Dental Implants are a treatment option for patients who are looking for both the look of a natural tooth, as well as the function of a naturally rooted tooth in the gums.
There are several types of bridges. We will discuss the best options for your particular case. The "traditional bridge" is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. These fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached on either side of the artificial teeth (pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
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Dentures come in 2 varieties: partial dentures and full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth remain. When the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired, removal is the only option.
A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base that rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.
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A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing.
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.
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