Restorative Dentistry Restoring Tulsa Smiles
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
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.
Full-Mouth Reconstruction in Tulsa, OK
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.
MEET YOUR TULSA IMPLANT SPECIALIST
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.
BEGINNING YOUR FULL-MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION
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.
PROCEDURES INCLUDED IN FULL-MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION
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.
DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR FULL-MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION
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.
COSMETIC DENTISTRY FOR FULL-MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION
For the finishing touch to your smile, Dr. Rigdon may select a few different cosmetic dentistry treatments including:
- Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
- Cosmetic Bonding
Feel free to contact our office at 918-494-8666 if you have questions about full-mouth reconstruction. Our staff is very proficient in answering questions. However, if they cannot answer your question, Dr. Rigdon will return your call personally when time becomes available.