Interim Services for Missing Teeth/Tooth

Missing Teeth or Tooth Replacement in Tulsa

Temporary Crown attached to Implant Day of Surgery

This most commonly occurs when a front tooth (tooth showing when you smile) has to be replaced with an implant and restoration. There are risks. Be sure to read our info sheet about this option.

Resin Bonded Bridge

This option is possible if you have teeth on either side of the tooth being replaced. Most commonly, patients do not choose to add the expense of a non-removable temporary tooth for 4-6 months while they are waiting on their bone to mature around the implant for a back tooth (one not showing when you smile). When they desire a tooth, it is possible to attach a bridge to the teeth temporarily without altering the shape of these teeth you are attaching to. Sometimes, when it is impossible to attach to the implant on a front tooth, this option is possible. It is cleaned with your natural teeth as you brush and floss.

Essix Appliance

This appliance is removable. You can replace one or several teeth while we are waiting on your bone to mature. It requires other teeth to hold the appliance in place. It resembles a clear retainer that patients in orthodontic retention wear and artificial teeth are in the appliance for an improved appearance. It is our recommendation to remove this appliance while you are eating, although you can choose to eat with caution. It can be worn during function, but a hole is created in the areas that you chew against. It will normally last 4 months with care and careful function. It is also recommended to remove the appliance at night. It is cleaned outside of your mouth with a toothbrush twice/day. It is stored in your appliance box (included).

Treatment Partial (Flipper)

This option is removable. You can replace one or several teeth while we are waiting for your bone to mature. It requires other teeth to hold the appliance in place. This appliance has an acrylic “gum colored” material which engages the inside of your remaining teeth for retention. It covers the palate on an upper appliance and it is “thicker” feeling to your tongue on a lower appliance. It can be worn during function (although not stable), but not recommended. Different from the Essix, it does not cover the other teeth and looks a little more natural when replacing a front tooth. It is recommended that you remove it at night. It is cleaned outside of your mouth with toothbrush and toothpaste twice/day. It is stored in your appliance box (included).

Treatment Denture for your Missing Teeth

This option is removable. It is the option when all of the teeth on one arch are being replaced. It allows you to have teeth the day you leave from extraction and implant surgery. It is not significantly stable, but it is used during function. It is very much like a traditional denture but made with less expensive materials. As the shape of the tissue under it is changing after surgery, a soft conditioner is cushioning the gums and helps with comfort. It is necessary to remove it at night to allow oxygen to the tissue improving healing and lowering the chance of fungal infections. It is cleaned outside of your mouth with toothbrush and toothpaste twice/day. It is stored in your appliance box (included).

 

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