A smile contributes to a person’s self-esteem and provides a level of self-confidence that can diminish when the teeth become damaged or must be removed. Restorative Dentistry in Oklahoma City OK exists to help repair or replace missing or damaged teeth. Dentists can provide restorative services like dentures, bridges, crowns, and teeth implants. Some services, like crowns, are temporary fixes that may need to be repaired or replaced over the years. Other services, like dentures and implants, are permanent procedures that work to fix larger dental issues.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Many people are familiar with dentures. In fact, many children can attest to the way grandma or grandpa used to pop their teeth out and make crazy faces. Dentures are still a popular choice for people who need replacements for all of their teeth or just a few missing teeth. Full dentures replace all of your teeth, and it takes a few weeks for the dentist to take the proper measurements and insure that your dentures will fit snugly along the gum line.
Partial dentures replace a few teeth, which may be missing due to trauma to the mouth or decay, and help to restore a great smile. Once you lose a tooth or two, it can cause the surrounding teeth to shift. Partials not only replace missing teeth, but also help to keep the existing teeth from shifting. Dentures look and feel much like your natural teeth, so it will be difficult for others to tell you’re wearing dentures.
Replacement Teeth Implants
Another permanent procedure is teeth implants. While dentures focus on accurate impressions of your teeth to create an arch that resembles your natural teeth, implants are artificial roots implanted into the gum line. This procedure also takes a few weeks, as the dentist must first implant the titanium roots and allow your mouth to heal.
Once your tissue and muscles heal, the dentist slides replacement teeth into the titanium roots. The artificial roots are meant to graft onto the existing bone and tissue, so it will become a permanent structure within the gum line. Teeth implants work for replacing a few teeth or a whole row of top or bottom teeth. Unlike dentures, that you must remove to clean, you care for implants much like normal teeth with a regular brushing and flossing schedule.
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