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Quick Guide to a Dental Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, a full mouth reconstruction can be the life-changing dental procedure for you. Full mouth reconstructions are dental overhauls that are meant to improve the health and appearance of the smile. Patients who have lost teeth or who have a great number of extremely decayed, discolored or damaged teeth can benefit from a full mouth reconstruction.
The first step in any full mouth reconstruction is diagnosing all teeth and gums issues. The dentist will perform a full visual evaluation, complete with dental X-rays, at the initial consultation. Together with the patient and hygienist, the dentist will decide on a treatment plan.
A full mouth reconstruction can include one or more of the following procedures:
- Dental implants
- Implant-supported prosthetics
- Root canals
- Dental crowns
- Professional dental cleaning with X-rays
This treatment plan could include anything needed for beautification and restoration of the teeth and gums.
For patients missing teeth
Whether a patient is missing one, two or all of their teeth, restoration is possible. Full mouth reconstruction is mainly for those who have lost multiple teeth, but patients with just one missing tooth and a few other teeth problems can benefit from a total restoration of the smile.
If missing all teeth (a condition known as edentulous), there are many options. Having no teeth can lower self-confidence and make everyday activities like eating, speaking and smiling become difficult. Those who are missing teeth have a restricted diet. But prosthetic teeth like dentures and dental implants can bring back any smile.
- Dentures are rows of faux teeth that utilize the mouth muscles, palate and gums to stay in place. Dentures can bring back some functionality and beauty to the teeth, but nothing compares to dental implants
- Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are the most lifelike of all tooth replacement devices. Implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, maintaining its stability and providing a functional tooth that very closely mimics the appearance and functionality of natural teeth
For patients with deep decay
Those with deep decay will need to have the decay treated before reconstruction can occur. The dentist will first remove any tooth decay and add a filling if there is enough tooth structure left.
If a tooth is too far gone, it will need to be extracted. Teeth that are extracted can be replaced with dental implants or dentures.
Patients with teeth damage
Sports accidents, auto accidents, biting down on hard objects and enamel wear can all cause irreversible damage. Accidental damage can occur at any point in life. Damaged teeth can be worn over a long period of time or be hurt by a specific event.
Patients with gum problems
Gum disease affects almost every adult dental patient at one point in their lifetime. Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss and poor oral health. Gum disease can be caused by periods of poor oral hygiene, advanced age and dental damage.
Is a full mouth reconstruction right for you?
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