Implants-Restoration & Placement
Are you missing teeth? Have you postponed getting a bridge or a denture? Do you wear ill-fitting or loose dentures right now? If so, Dr. Tiernan wants to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
As the prosthetic that most closely mimics nature’s design, dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots. Each implant is strategically placed in the jaw where bone integrates with it to create a solid foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Benefits of dental implants:
- Promote bone retention
- Eliminate slipping, loose, wobbly dentures
- Don’t require support from healthy teeth
- Can last a lifetime
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
Ask us today for more information on dental implants.
Implant Supported Dentures
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures such as gum sores, difficulty speaking and difficulty chewing. Implant supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
After a tooth loss, your appearance transforms, and your confidence can fade. With dentures, you can regain your confident, normal life even after the loss of your teeth. Offering only the most advanced, removable dentures to best fit you, Dr. Tiernan will guide you every step of the way. Our team creates custom dentures made especially for you and helps you select the shade and shape. You walk away with great fitting dentures that look just like natural teeth, and smiling is just the beginning.
Partial dentures are used if you have several teeth missing that cannot be corrected with a bridge. A partial denture is created to replace those teeth. The partial denture is removable and is designed to fit comfortably, blending in with any remaining teeth. This type of denture is made from a synthetic material that is supported with a lightweight metal. It mimics your gum tissue and teeth to create a natural-looking smile, while still remaining functional. The partial denture is important once the teeth have been removed to preserve the bone and to keep existing teeth from tilting and growing in towards the gaps
If you have lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile, left uncorrected, can create significant problems for your dental health. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more future problems. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth (or pontic) is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Tiernan creates a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort.
“Dr. Tiernan and is entire staff are by far the best dental care office in Tulsa. I have and will continue to refer my friends and family. They offer so much more than just dental care. They have several cosmetic options like botox to choose from, you should stop by and see how they can help you take years off. Dr. Tiernan and his staff are genuinely concerned about you, and they go the extra mile to make sure you are taken care of.”Leah B.
“I love Dr Tiernan’s office. He makes you feel so comfortable! He not only cares about your dental needs but cares about you personally! I love that I can ask the office to pray for a situation and they continue to check in and see how things are going! His dental work is superb along with being very gentle! I would recommend Dr Tiernan for all your dental needs!”Sheana R.
“I’ve been a patient with Dr. Tiernan for the past 16 years. Even when I moved to Kansas I would still drive to Tulsa for my appointments. Getting a different dentist was not an option for me. Me and my family absolutely love Dr.Tiernan and we had nothing but good experience. He will go above and beyond to make sure you are satisfied.”James S.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Dr. Tiernan uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain, gold or silver to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped or broken teeth, gaps in teeth, and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
Do you experience pain in your head, shoulders, or neck area? There’s a chance this pain could be related to the muscles in your jaw. New developments in technology have revealed that a whole host of problems you may be experiencing, including TMJ, can be treated by focusing on dentistry.
Neuromuscular dentistry refers to a dental approach that focuses more on the muscles and nerves of the face and jaw instead of your teeth. By paying close attention to the way your muscles and nerves affect your jaw function, Dr. Tiernan can help alleviate the many painful effects of having a misaligned jaw.
If you’re experiencing pain of this kind, talk to your team at Dr. Tiernan’s office today. With neuromuscular dentistry Dr. Tiernan may be able to return your jaw to its form and function, and leave you pain-free.
Inlays / Onlays
Sometimes removing tooth decay effectively requires the removal of a portion of your tooth. The removed portion is replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Dr. Tiernan customizes an inlay or onlay to fill the space left behind when the part of your tooth is removed. Traditionally, inlays and onlays were made out of metal, much like traditional filings. Now, porcelain-milled inlays and onlays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide relief from chewing pain, cavity pain and tooth degeneration.
You may suffer from headaches, a popping jaw when you open or close your mouth, and pain in your jaw joints and muscles. This could signify problems with your temporomandibular joint. A healthy jaw joint does not make any noise. Clicking or popping in the joint may be an indication of strain or long-term injury. The joint problem may be a result of trauma, complications with your bite, grinding or clenching your teeth, or a combination of these factors.
TMJ (or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction), is a condition that affects many people, but the good news is it can often be treated. Based on the severity of your condition, we can recommend a course of treatment that will help alleviate your pain and make your day-to-day activities more pleasant. If you are experiencing or have experienced clicking, popping, or pain in your jaw joint, ask Dr. Tiernan’s team members today if you might benefit from this treatment.
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