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12448 St. Andrews Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Restorative Dentistry in Oklahoma City

Restoration of missing teeth has been a part of dentistry for centuries. In recent history, the denture appliance has improved a great deal, allowing men and women to replace teeth in a way that looks more natural than ever. Although dentures have improved as dental restorations, they still have a number of drawbacks that our Oklahoma City patients may wish to avoid.

The denture dilemma

Conventional denture appliances are designed to sit on top of the gums, remaining in place with suction. In theory, this sounds good, and has been the most viable solution for many years. Impressions for dentures are made with great care, and measurements obtained to create the best fit possible. In fact, many people find that upper dentures fit quite nicely through traditional means. Problems with lower dentures, however, persist.

A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe and is much smaller than the upper denture appliance. This is because room must be allowed for the tongue. The size of the denture appliance often means that stability is lacking.

Solving common problems with denture support

Dr. Rykard is an experienced dentist who strives to create the best possible restorations for his patients. For denture support, he may recommend stabilization with dental implants. Implants are very small posts made of titanium, which are strategically placed within healthy jawbone tissue. These posts are about the same size as natural teeth roots. With just a few implants, the bottom, or top, denture can become very stable, increasing both comfort and functionality.

Many patients seeking tooth replacement with dentures enhance their whole experience with mini dental implants. This form of dental restoration can be truly life changing. Mini implants are designed after conventional implants, but are smaller so to fit perfectly in the smaller structure of the lower jaw. Exceptional for denture stabilization, mini plants offer advantages such as:

  • Procedure is quick, minimally invasive, and comfortable.
  • Mini implants are suited to areas of lower bone density, which is experienced by many people who have had dentures for some time.
  • Mini implants may be more affordable than larger, conventional implants. In many situations, dentures may be placed over implants the same day, getting you back to your normal function and confidence level right away.

Tooth loss does not have to steal your confidence. Contact our office at (405) 752-2626 to learn about our implant supported dentures.

Meet Dr. Kevin Rykard

Patients frequently travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Rykard. After researching their options, they realize it is worth the trip. He brings countless hours of advanced training and years of experience to every case. Dr. Rykard has been fortunate to work alongside some of the top clinicians in the world and he utilizes this knowledge as part of every treatment plan. He takes the time to listen, and he develops a plan for your smile.

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Oklahoma City Dentist, Dr. Kevin Rykard

Meet Dr. Kevin Rykard, the Dentist Oklahoma City Turns to for Compassion and Experience

Patients frequently travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Rykard. After researching their options, they realize it is worth the trip. He brings countless hours of advanced training and years of experience to every case. Dr. Rykard has been fortunate to work alongside some of the top clinicians in the world and he utilizes this knowledge as part of every treatment plan. He takes the time to listen, and he develops a plan for your smile.

Highest Level of Dental Care

The latest technology is critical to providing the highest level of dental care. At the same time, Dr. Rykard and his team want you to look forward to your next visit to their practice. This is why every patient receives the little things like fresh-baked cookies and massage chairs along with major benefits like the low-radiation and high-definition of their digital x-rays. Experience the difference this combination can make. It will make you smile.

Dental Implants and Implant Retained Dentures for Restorative Dentistry Oklahoma City Trusts

There are actually millions of Americans living with tooth loss. If you are one of them, then you’re well familiar with the difficulties of having missing teeth: eating, speaking and smiling, to be precise. Dr. Rykard can turn those difficulties into advantages with dental implants. Whether you have missing teeth because of gum disease, severe tooth decay or traumatic injury, a dental implant may be the ideal solution.

As a tooth restoration, a dental implant is comprised of two components: the portion hidden below the gum line and the part that is visible above the gum line. To replace your tooth, Dr. Rykard begins by surgically implanting a small biocompatible rod in your jaw bone. Made of titanium, this rod or post, mimics the root of a natural tooth. As such, the post firmly anchors the eventual crown that Dr. Rykard will attach, and it also helps to maintain healthy bone tissue. Without a root in place, bone tends to deteriorate, which is the reason many people with missing teeth eventually develop an aged and haggard appearance. Once you’ve healed, the crown is placed and your tooth restoration is complete.

Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures. In this case, mini implants are typically used, especially for patients who are already denture wearers and may have some loss of bone volume. With implant retained dentures, you’ll have a complete smile that is permanently secured to implants anchored in your jawbone.

Sedation Dentistry

Regardless of the type of dentistry—general, restorative or cosmetic dentistry, Oklahoma City can relax with sedation dentistry from Dr. Rykard. If dental fear or anxiety has kept you from having the dental care you need, then ask about our sedation dentistry. We use oral conscious sedation. Before your appointment, you’ll take a small dose of a prescribed sedative that is calming and relaxing. You won’t be unconscious, but you may not be able to remember your procedure either. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from our office if you plan on having sedation dentistry.

12448 St. Andrews Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73120 USA
Kevin Rykard, DDS Oklahoma City Dentist. (405) 752-2626 (405) 752-1218