A full mouth reconstruction refers to a set of dental procedures which are performed to restore both the aesthetics and functionality of the teeth and improve the overall oral health. Full mouth reconstruction procedures are customized for every patient with the intensity and nature of dental problems varying in each case.
What is the need for full mouth reconstruction?
Apart from fixing a distraught smile and restoring confidence, here are some reasons why a patient needs to undergo full mouth reconstruction:
Periodontal diseases are one of the most common causes of tooth loss and deterioration. Bacterial accumulation in between teeth and gums can lead to an array of dental problems such as receding gums, loose teeth, and crowding. The condition makes teeth more vulnerable to damage. In such instances, full mouth reconstruction can aid in restoring the mouth back to its healthy functional capacity while correcting all the problems for a beautiful smile.
Subjecting teeth to acid for prolonged periods of time can adversely impact tooth health which can cause the teeth to erode and development of cracks in the teeth. The condition can severely impact a patient’s bite, aesthetics, and trigger a chain reaction that could damage healthy teeth. Full mouth reconstruction procedures offer an alternative to preserve healthy teeth and restore the damaged ones back to their healthy state.
Physical Injury and Trauma
Accidents and physical injuries can uproot multiple teeth while cracks and fractures may develop in several other. In addition to causing damage to the teeth, physical injury can cause misalignments in jaws and full mouth reconstruction offers an all-inclusive treatment which addresses the various aspects of problems an accident may have caused.
Defects in the Bite
A bad bite can be caused by multiple reasons such as injury, teeth crowding or crooked teeth. In many instances, a bad bite is congenital. The condition can cause grinding of teeth and discomfort. A full mouth reconstruction can help correct the jaw positioning to and preserve the overall health of teeth.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedures
The first step in full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of the patient’s teeth and gums. Post the thorough examination, the dentists design a customized treatment to address the specific problems faced by the patient. Some of the procedures involved in full mouth reconstruction are:
Dental implants are an effective option which can be used to replace missing teeth. Implants use titanium roots which are drilled into the jawbone and tooth-like caps known as crowns are placed over implants to restore the aesthetics of the smile. Because implants use titanium rods, they can restore the functionality of the teeth to a great extent.
Dentures are artificial prosthetics used when a patient loses multiple natural teeth. They are custom designed for each patient’s mouth and are removable. Partial dentures are used when the surrounding teeth do not exhibit enough strength to support other restorative structures such as dental implants, bridges, and crowns. On the other hand, full or complete dentures are used when a patient is missing all the teeth. Although an affordable alternative to restore aesthetics, dentures the artificial do not provide the same functionality as natural teeth because they can move out of place when eating or chewing.
Fractured and cracked teeth can be restored to using dental crowns. Dental crowns are artificial tooth-like caps that are fit over teeth to restore smile and functionality of the teeth. The dentist first reshapes the patient’s tooth or teeth to create a surface which allows the artificial crown to fit over it. An impression of the missing crown is taken to create a perfect fit which is then placed on the reshaped tooth to enhance the appearance and functionality of the teeth.
Bridges are used to fill in the gaps created by two or more missing teeth. They use two crowns on either side supported by a false tooth or teeth in between. Also known as pontics, bridges are made using porcelain, gold, alloys or other composite materials. Bridges not only restore the smile but also aid in correcting bite and maintaining the shape of your face.
Dental veneers are an easy alternative for correcting minor defects and are used specifically for enhancing aesthetics. Veneers are thin shells made from tooth-colored composite materials and are placed over the front of the teeth. Veneers when bonded to the front of the teeth change their shape, color, size, and length to improve the overall appearance of the teeth.
We, at Bliss Dentistry of Campbell, California, cater to all your needs pertaining to dental services and routine exams. Our Campbell dentists with their entire team persevere to provide you with exceptional treatment that enhances and maintains the beauty of your smile. If you have any further question, queries or dental emergencies and are looking for an experienced dentist in the South Bay Area, feel free to contact us at (408) 963-6678 to schedule an appointment.