Are you worried about the kind of impression your smile is making? Having damaged, missing, or decaying teeth can yield a huge blow to your self-confidence and leave you feeling embarrassed every time you open your mouth. Sound familiar? Then you may want to consider getting full mouth reconstruction.
There have been many recent advancements in available techniques and prosthetics within the dental field. This means that your dentist can use a variety of methods to provide faster, more precise, and higher quality service than ever before.
After a thorough examination to determine the extent of the dental damage, your dentist may recommend dental implants, dentures, or a combination of solutions. No matter what, you can trust that full mouth reconstruction is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.
Do You Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Adults with severe dental problems may benefit from full mouth reconstruction as a long-term solution. This type of rehabilitation is best suited for those who struggle to perform basic functions like chewing, talking, and smiling as a result of failing teeth.
Typically, this occurs when people have experienced severe tooth decay, aggressive gum disease, accidental trauma, or some other issue that has created significant complications with the function of their mouth.
A full mouth reconstruction will allow your mouth to achieve functionality again using natural-looking replacements for your teeth. During this process, all of your existing teeth will be removed and replaced with a set of artificial teeth to both restore your smile and help to relieve pain and discomfort.
Factors to Consider with a Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you are thinking about a full mouth reconstruction, you should make sure that you are well educated about the procedure so that you know what to expect. You should be working closely with your dentist to achieve optimal results and lasting success.
Before moving forward with a full mouth reconstruction, make sure you consider the following:
The Condition of Your Teeth
The current condition of your teeth will have a major impact on your dental treatment plan. In many cases, patients need all of their existing teeth extracted before a full mouth reconstruction can begin. Tooth fractures, extensive decay, and other oral health problems are all reasons that your dentist may suggest getting a full extraction.
However, if you have some remaining healthy teeth at the back of your mouth, your dentist may opt to leave them in place and reconstruct the rest of the area to provide additional support.
Gum Tissue Health
Unhealthy gums present a major obstacle when it comes to full mouth reconstruction. Gums that are in poor shape because of disease or severe decay will not be able to support any teeth replacements. Before reconstruction can begin, you will likely need to undergo treatment to address periodontal disease concerns.
Laser technology can be used to treat periodontal disease, along with root planing, scaling, and antibiotics. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your gums to determine if just one or a combination of these treatments should be used.
To be a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction, your jawbone structure must be in good health. Otherwise, your jaw will be too weak to support any new dental implants.
If your jawbone strength and density have deteriorated significantly over time, your dentist may perform a bone grafting surgery to help restore it to good health.
Your dentist will custom-design your replacement teeth to fit so that your mouth looks as natural and realistic as possible. Your prosthetic teeth will be created based on the shape, size, color, and proportion of your existing teeth. Your mouth will once again look and feel great!
A dental implant is a permanent titanium fixture that is attached to the jaw using a set of screws. It is designed to replace the root system that is leftover from a missing tooth. It takes approximately three months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. An implant uses a natural-looking material to create an attractive yet fully functional set of teeth.
Dental implants are a popular option since they can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. In some cases, people will use dental implants to replace the entire upper and/or lower sets of teeth.
If properly cared for, dental implants will continue to prevent bone deterioration and facial sagging for a lifetime. This is in stark contrast to dentures and bridges, which last just under ten years.
Furthermore, implants are the only tooth replacement option available that prevents bone loss and will remain securely in place without ever needing adjustment.
Dentures are the preferred option when a patient does not have any of his or her natural teeth remaining. These replacements are removable. Dentures use an oral sealant to secure its placement and ensure that the appliance fits comfortably in your mouth.
There are two main types of dentures: Conventional and immediate.
Immediate dentures can be placed in the mouth right after extractions are complete. They must be adjusted in the first few months following your procedure since the gums will change as they continue to heal.
Conventional dentures, on the other hand, are placed only after the gums are completely healed from the extraction procedure. This period can be anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks. Complete dentures replace immediate dentures, which are only meant for short-term usage to give the gums enough time to recover from surgery.
If a patient needs all of their teeth replaced, the dentist will use complete dentures. But for situations where a patient only needs a small section of their teeth replaced, partial dentures may be used.
The base of the device will be matched to your gum color for a more natural appearance. The artificial teeth will also be custom-designed to resemble your existing teeth.
The Bottom Line
A full mouth rehabilitation can help to restore the health of your mouth and give you back your confidence so you can smile bigger and brighter. Call Dr. Greg Campbell at (562) 988-0148 to learn more about the ways that full mouth reconstruction services can help you.