Researching restorative solutions for missing or damaged teeth can be difficult to navigate. With so many options available, how do you know which is the best for your unique oral health situation? Oral surgeons are experts in restoring missing teeth and can provide you with guidance on the best solution for your needs. At Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma, we strive to be a resource to patients who are asking these very same questions in the Oklahoma City metro area.
We have outlined below many of the options available to patients searching for restorative work. If you are interested in learning more, we encourage you to schedule an initial consultation at our practice. We will assess your oral health and assist you in determining which solution will meet your treatment goals.
- Improves smiles and aesthetics
- Replaces one tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch of teeth
- No removable pieces
- Prevents bone loss and dental shifting
- Increases comfort in chewing, speaking, and breathing
- Provides a permanent solution for your dental arch with proper care
Dental implants are a complete solution, restoring the entire missing tooth with their unique three-part design. The implant post acts as a replacement root and integrates firmly with the jaw. The custom-made crown blends seamlessly with the rest of the healthy teeth in the mouth. Held together by the final piece, the abutment, a dental implant provides a strong foundation for oral functions, such as chewing.
Unlike many options, dental implants are not removable, and patients often forget they even have an implant in their mouth. This also allows patients to easily brush and floss their implant as a part of their normal oral hygiene routine. And, with proper care and attention, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- No removable parts
- Replaces an entire arch of missing teeth
- Prevents bone loss in the jaw
- Improves facial appearance and restores smile
- Eat and drink more easily
- A sturdy foundation, without the need for adhesives
A full-arch restoration is a transformational procedure used to restore an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. The new set of teeth is fixed firmly in the mouth using a sturdy foundation of four or more dental implants. Most appealing to patients is that many times, a temporary set of teeth can be fixed to the implants after placement, allowing them to smile again immediately.
The dental implant base allows patients to maintain a healthy jaw bone, as they act as replacements for the missing tooth roots. Best of all, they secure the new teeth in the mouth, avoiding the use of adhesives to keep the teeth in place. If you are searching for a fixed solution to restore an entire arch of teeth, full-arch restoration is an excellent option to consider.
- Secure replacement treatment connected to your original teeth
- No removable pieces
- Long-lasting, but require replacement treatments later
- Improve the ability to eat and drink easily
- Increase confidence in smiling
Bridges are a commonly used treatment option used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in a row. A bridge is prosthetic of three or more attached teeth which are attached to two healthy teeth on either end for support. Traditionally, the healthy teeth used to support the bridge must be ground down for the bridge to lay in line with the rest of the teeth in the arch. This new set of teeth bridges the gap over the area that the teeth were missing, allowing patients to eat and smile again.
It is important to know that bridges do not stimulate the jaw bone where the tooth is missing, which can result in bone deterioration over time. They can also wear down with use and often must be replaced in the future.
- No dental shifting
- Option to receive removable teeth
- Partial and full denture options
- Increase the ability to eat, drink, and breathe comfortably
- Semi-permanent replacement solution
Dentures are the most widely known treatment option to restore a full arch of missing teeth. Removable dentures have been in use for decades, and advances in prosthodontics and dental laboratory techniques allow patients to get a better fit than ever before. Dentures are a cost-effective option and many patients who enjoy a removable restoration choose this route. Oral surgeons are specialists in performing pre-prosthetic surgery which shapes the jaw to ensure a comfortable denture fit.
Tooth Replacement Procedures in Oklahoma City, OK
Dental professionals, including your dentist and our oral surgeons, are the best medical professionals to answer your questions about tooth restoration options. If you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, there are many solutions available to you. Drs. Bryan and Goodson are experts in tooth restoration and will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan which meets your restorative goals. We look forward to restoring your smile and oral function at Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma.