Having a smile that is marred by teeth that are damaged or missing may not only cause embarrassment, but could also have a lot to do with your health and well-being. After all, each and every tooth has a vital role to play in your ability to enjoy a nutritious diet. Regardless of how you teeth reached such a state of disrepair, Dr. Rigdon and his team are here to help. With full-mouth reconstruction in Tulsa/ Broken Arrow, you'll be able to confidently smile, chew and speak again.
As a graduate of the Misch Implant Institute and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Dr. Rigdon has completed many hours of continuing education in dental advancement focused on implant dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. In addition, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. These credentials, along with Dr. Rigdon's education and experience ensure that each step of the full-mouth reconstruction process will be completed in our office, saving you time and money.
The path toward renewed oral and dental health begins with a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums. Photos, digital x-rays and impressions may also be needed to help Dr. Rigdon develop a step-by-step treatment plan designed just for your smile. Depending on your individual needs, any number of restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures may be recommended. Each procedure builds on the progress of the previous and the entire process usually requires at least 12 months or more of treatment.
Just as a house is built from the ground up with a strong foundation, so too your smile is planned on a base of healthy and strong gums. If Dr. Rigdon finds signs of gum disease-a bacterial infection that weakens gum and bone structure-then the appropriate treatment will be required. Likewise, teeth that are decayed will need tooth-colored fillings, inlays or onlays. In cases of severe decay, Dr. Rigdon may opt for a dental crown in order to restore a tooth's proper function as well as its shape and finish.
As an implant specialist, Dr. Rigdon uses dental implants to secure a single dental crown for one missing tooth or bridgework and full and partial dentures when patients have more extensive tooth loss. An implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth root, providing a secure anchor for your needed tooth restoration. In addition, implants help stimulate healthy new bone tissue growth so the risk of bone degeneration is greatly reduced.
For the finishing touch to your smile, Dr. Rigdon may select a few different cosmetic dentistry treatments including:
- Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
- Cosmetic Bonding