Missing Teeth Replacement Options for Oklahoma City Residents
Replacing missing teeth can improve the appearance and health of your smile in many ways. Thanks to the superior materials and refined techniques of modern dentistry, those gaps can be filled with fully functional, dazzlingly beautiful restorations.
Dr. Kevin Rykard offers several options. The best choice will depend on a number of factors, including the number of missing teeth, the condition of existing teeth, your overall oral health, and your aesthetic goals. There are essentially three choices, a fixed bridge, a traditional denture, or an implant-supported restoration.
These fixed dental appliances have stood the test of time because they are economical and effective. Bridges are composed of false teeth (called pontics) permanently attached to dental crowns. The natural teeth on either side of the gap are shaped, and the crowns are bonded to them. While it does literally bridge the gap, these restorations are not trouble-free.
To begin with, they necessitate alteration of natural, otherwise healthy, teeth. Additionally, bridges are difficult to clean under, adding some time to your hygiene routine.
A full plate or partial denture can be used to replace one, several, or all of your teeth. While these appliances offer the convenience of being removable, they can be problematic for the same reason. Traditional dentures are uncomfortable and minimally functional if not designed properly. Even if you choose a skilled dentist, such as Dr. Kevin Rykard, who makes you a wonderful denture, it will become loose over time as your bone tissue diminishes. It will need to be relined or replaced periodically to solve this problem.
The modern solution for missing teeth is a restoration supported by dental implants. These tiny devices are surgically implanted in the jawbone, mimicking the support of natural roots. Implants are the foundation, not the replacement teeth. They can be topped with crowns, bridges, or dentures, making them appropriate for most patients.
Virtually anyone who is missing teeth and is healthy enough for a minor surgery is a potential candidate for implants. However, individuals with severe bone loss may need a grafting procedure before implants can be placed. Therefore, we provide a full range of options.
Our office is located in Oklahoma City, just a short drive from Edmond. Call us at (405) 896-6919 and schedule an appointment today.