While we do our utmost to keep patients’ smiles whole and healthy, even the most extensive general dentistry plan cannot prevent all dental damage or decay. We offer a variety of smile restoration options to repair and renew even extensively damaged smiles. From fillings to dentures and dental implants, we are able to quickly, effectively restore damaged smiles in our state-of-the-art Tulsa dental practice. Contact our dedicated dentist and team today to find out more or schedule your appointment today.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are the most frequently used dental restoration solution. They are recommended as part of a number of treatments including:
- Repair for extensively damaged or decayed teeth
- To improve the appearance of severely damaged, stained, or misshapen teeth
- To renew the form and strength of root canal treated teeth
- To replace a single missing tooth when attached to a dental implant
- To replace one or more consecutive teeth dental crowns are placed over either side of the gap to support a prosthetic tooth or teeth between them
Comfortable, natural-looking dentures are essential to maintaining confidence. You should be confident when you smile and when you eat. Dr. Rigdon has great pride in the quality, fit, and feel of the dentures he creates for his patients.
What Dentures Can Do For You:
- Replace your missing teeth and smile
- Provide support for facial muscles
- Give you a younger, healthier appearance
- Allow you to eat and speak with confidence
If you've lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient's mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
While we work hard to help patients maintain their healthy natural teeth in most cases, there are certain situations when tooth extraction is the best option to maintain optimal oral health. Some of the most common situations where we recommend extraction include:
- Severe decay that may affect surrounding teeth or gums and has damaged more than ¾ of the tooth
- Crowding that makes orthodontic treatments impossible or overly difficult
- Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt in patients’ smiles and the most frequently extracted as there is often not adequate space for them within the jawline
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful, but actually the treatments are no more uncomfortable than placing a dental crown or other similarly extensive treatment. A root canal is necessary when dental decay or damage reaches the inner, pulp layer of teeth. Root canal therapy removes the damaged root, nerve, and decayed tissue relieving pain and preserving the health of the damaged tooth. Following treatment, the tooth is refilled with a biocompatible substance, sealed shut, and often, a dental crown is placed to fully restore and protect the damaged tooth.