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Full Mouth Reconstruction: An Overview
A full mouth reconstruction is exactly what you need when you have lost most of your natural teeth, you are dealing with severe tooth decay or gum disease or you are battling a combination of dental problems. The procedure allows you to regain the function of damaged or lost teeth. Doing that typically also improves the appearance of your teeth.
It is impossible to overstate the importance of teeth when it comes to a person's appearance. People immediately notice their condition during conversations, and it can lead to a loss of confidence and a reluctance to smile. This can hinder a person's personal and professional growth.
Who needs full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is for anyone who is not happy with the condition of their teeth. The procedure rebuilds the foundation of the patient's smile, and it is uniquely customized for each person. It provides a comprehensive way to address all the dental problems a patient has.
Full mouth reconstruction starts with a consultation with the dentist. The patient explains their concerns, then the dentist examines and evaluates them. Diagnostic tests, like X-rays, are often performed so that issues underneath the gums can be detected as well.
A gameplan is then formulated to deal with the patient's problems. It prevents having to repeat treatments and ensures each one is performed in the right order. Procedures commonly performed during full oral reconstruction include:
1. Dental Implants
These are usually used when a patient has lost one or a few teeth. The implant is a lot like a real tooth since it is inserted into the jaw, replacing the tooth and its root. The procedure requires oral surgery and it can take up to six months before a crown is placed on the implant to serve as an artificial tooth.
One an implant is installed, there is no special maintenance needed. Practice good oral hygiene and implants can last a lifetime.
Replacing a missing tooth with an implant helps to keep the patient's jawbone tissue healthy since it deteriorates when it is no longer being stimulated by a tooth's root. Replacing a missing tooth also prevents teeth alignment issues that can arise when the remaining teeth move towards the gap created by the missing teeth as they try to close it up.
2. Dental crowns
Crowns are used for a variety of reasons in dentistry including:
- Fixing broken or chipped teeth
- Improving a tooth's aesthetics
- Holding dental bridges in place
- As artificial teeth attached to dental implants
- To close gaps
- To protect weakened teeth
These are excellent for those who have lost most of their real teeth. It gives them an affordable way to replace teeth that restores their function and gives them an amazing smile. Dentures can also be combined with other restorations like implants to give patients a more comfortable and convenient option.
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