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Single Tooth Dental Implants – Tulsa, OK

Restore Your Smile from the Roots Up

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Do you have a noticeable gap in your smile? A missing front tooth can be a major source of embarrassment in social settings. However, even missing a less visible tooth – such as a molar – can be bad news. From shifting teeth to bite problems to a shrinking jawbone, the gaps left by missing teeth can wreak havoc on both your smile and your oral health. Fortunately, Dr. Angie Nauman and the team at Glisten Dental & Sleep Apnea Care can help. With dental implant treatment, single tooth replacement in Tulsa is more effective, reliable and long-lasting than ever before!

Single Tooth Replacement Options

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Patients who want to restore a missing tooth often face a choice between two options: a fixed bridge or a single tooth implant. Want to know which is the best treatment for you? Here are the important details about each tooth replacement solution:

Fixed Bridge

Natural-looking fixed bridges are a common way for people to replace a single missing tooth. Bridges typically consist of an artificial tooth connected on either side to two crowns. These two crowns fit over the top of the healthy teeth that are adjacent to the gap left by a missing tooth and are cemented into place. In this way, a fixed bridge fills the space left by a missing tooth, prevents dental drift and restores dental function.

Single Tooth Implant

Dental implants in Tulsa offer superior support compared to a fixed bridge by replacing the entire tooth structure – both the visible portion of the tooth and the tooth roots below the gums. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gum line. Over the course of several months, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone through a natural process known as “osseointegration”. Once the healing process is complete, a crown is attached to the top of the implant, thereby successfully restoring the appearance and function of the patient’s smile.

Benefits of Implant Supported Single Tooth Replacement

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While both fixed bridges and dental implants are viable options to replace a missing tooth, implants in particular offer a range of benefits, such as:

  • #1: As the only tooth replacement solution that restores both the visible portion of a tooth and the tooth root structure, dental implants look, feel and function the most like natural teeth.
  • #2: With proper care at home and regular checkups at the dentist, a single tooth implant can last for decades or even the rest of your life.
  • #3: Single tooth implants offer superior support by mimicking the natural tooth root structure. Compare that to fixed bridges, which must attach to adjacent healthy teeth to remain in place.
  • #4: A single tooth dental implant is just as easy to clean as your natural teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting a dentist every six months will do the trick!

Contact Glisten Dental & Sleep Apnea Care Today

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Have you been putting off replacing a missing tooth? Your beautiful, restored smile is just a phone call away. Contact our team at Glisten Dental & Sleep Apnea Care, Tulsa’s #1 choice for premier dentistry, for an initial consultation today. We are confident that you will be thrilled with your new, improved appearance thanks to dental implants!

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