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Missing Teeth: More Than Just a Gaping Hole

Updated: Jan 15

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Smile Stop Dentures & Implants explores options for missing teeth.

The loss of a single tooth can be more than just a cosmetic concern. It can impact your ability to chew, speak, and even your self-confidence, especially if you're dealing with the front teeth. Whether it's one missing tooth or a whole mouthful, living with the gap can be frustrating and isolating.

This blog post is here to shed some light on the topic of missing teeth, answer some frequently asked questions, and introduce you to a potential solution: affordable dentures and tooth implants at Smile Stop Dentures & Implants! To replace missing teeth is a well-established and readily available procedure in modern dentistry.

Common culprits behind missing teeth:

  • Gum disease: This silent thief is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The inflammation and infection gradually eat away at the bone supporting your teeth, eventually leading to their loss.

  • Accidents and injuries: A nasty fall, a sports mishap, or even a forceful bite into something hard can all lead to tooth loss.

  • Decay: Untreated cavities can eventually reach the pulp of the tooth, requiring extraction.

  • Other medical conditions: Some medical conditions, like diabetes or certain medications, can increase the risk of tooth loss.

Okay, so my tooth is gone. Now what?

You have options for a treatment plan for your missing teeth. And contrary to popular belief, dentures aren't your only choice. Here's a breakdown of the most common solutions for missing teeth:

1. Affordable Dentures:

  • Pros: Traditional dentures are a relatively affordable option that can restore your smile and ability to chew. They're removable, which some people find convenient.

  • Cons: Dentures can slip and slide, causing discomfort and embarrassment. They can also irritate your gums and require regular adjustments. Additionally, they don't stimulate your jawbone, which can lead to bone loss over time.

2. Tooth Implants:

  • Pros: Implants are small titanium posts surgically placed in your jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots. They're incredibly stable and secure, feeling and functioning just like natural teeth. Implants also prevent bone loss and preserve your facial structure.

  • Cons: Implants are generally more expensive than dentures upfront. But, they can be more cost-effective in the long run because they last longer and don't need frequent replacements.

3. Bridges:

  • Pros: Bridges are dental prosthetics anchored to surrounding teeth to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. They're a good option for those who want a fixed solution without implants.

  • Cons: Bridges can put undue stress on the surrounding teeth, potentially leading to their damage or decay in the long run.

How do you know which option is right for you?

The best way to determine the best solution for your missing teeth is to consult with a qualified dentist. At Smile Stop Dentures & Implants, we offer a free consultation where we'll thoroughly examine your mouth and discuss your options with you.

We understand that cost is a major concern, which is why we offer a variety of affordable denture and implant options to fit your budget. Don't hesitate to give our office a call and set-up your consultation today!

Here are some of the ways we can help you smile again:

  • Flexible payment plans: We believe everyone deserves access to quality dental care, regardless of financial constraints. We offer flexible payment plans to make your treatment affordable.

  • Experienced and caring staff: Our team of experienced dentists and dental professionals is dedicated to providing you with compassionate and personalized care.

  • State-of-the-art technology: We utilize the latest advancements in dental technology to ensure your treatment is as comfortable and effective as possible.

Don't let missing teeth hold you back from living your best life! Contact Smile Stop Dentures & Implants today and schedule your free consultation.

We'll help you find the perfect solution to restore your smile and confidence. Remember, you're not alone in this journey. Let us be your partner in achieving a healthy and beautiful smile!

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Call today for a free consultation!

918-446-0128 (Tulsa)

918-331-2221 (Bartlesville)


Wes Thompson, DDS

5676 W Skelly Drive, Suite A Tulsa, OK. 74107 (918) 446-0128


John Lard, DDS

1820 SE Washington Blvd Bartlesville, OK 74006

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