Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures for Missing Teeth

Serving Patients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, and Norman, OK

Missing teeth can seriously strain your self-esteem, especially if you have an active social life, or a job where you must meet with people face to face. Because your smile is one of the first impressions often given to strangers, a missing tooth or teeth can affect that person’s impression of you.
There are several cosmetic dental solutions for missing teeth for patients in the Edmond, Oklahoma area, including dental bridges and dental implants.

Dental Bridges

When a tooth is lost, one of the ways to replace it permanently is with a dental bridge. A bridge looks and feels natural, and is an affordable solution to missing teeth. Several missing teeth can be replaced with a dental bridge.

Dr. Bass can fit you with a dental bridge in two sessions. In the first, an impression of your mouth is created so that the false tooth and dental crowns can be made. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge until your second appointment. During the second appointment, your dental bridge will be fitted and bonded. The false tooth is anchored and porcelain crowns are bonded to the anchor teeth.

Dental Implants

If neglected, your existing teeth will migrate toward the hole of the missing tooth or teeth, which will affect the function of your bite. This can cause serious problems down the road, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). One way to fix this problem is with dental implants.

Dental implants replace the missing root with a small titanium screw fitted on top with a dental crown. Your jaw bone will grow around the titanium screw over a period of months, and you will be fitted with a temporary crown until healing is complete. A permanent dental crown will be matched to your natural tooth color in Dr. Bass’s lab and then bonded to the titanium screw.

Each of these procedures for missing teeth gives long lasting, natural results.
If you are missing teeth, please contact Edmond, Oklahoma area cosmetic dentist Terry Bass, DDS for an initial consultation on how to improve your smile and bite function today.