For patients dealing with gingival recession, or receding gums, pinhole gum surgery is a minimally invasive treatment option that is often effective at moving gums back down to the original, proper position. Some patients avoid treatment for gingival recession due to fear of the pain of soft-tissue grafting. However, untreated gum recession leaves teeth roots…
How to Improve Your Smile with a Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction is a process that combines multiple restorative, cosmetic and neuromuscular procedures. It is done to achieve the goal of restoring the appearance of one’s teeth as well as their structure and function.
How a full mouth reconstruction can improve your smile
If a patient has some damage to their teeth, missing teeth, bite problems and tooth decay, their dentist will recommend a full mouth reconstruction. It can fix the various problems because each of these problems affects the other, and fixing one problem without fixing the other can lead to bigger problems.
Patients who are born with conditions such as ectodermal dysplasia, amelogenesis, dentinogenesis imperfecta or oral cancer require extensive restoration of their teeth. That makes them likely candidates for full mouth reconstruction.
What is the process of getting a full mouth reconstruction?
People who feel they need to undergo full mouth reconstruction have to schedule an appointment with their dentist. This is to get their mouth evaluated and determine what is the best cause of action. Some of the factors the dentist considers before recommending a full mouth reconstruction include:
The dentist will examine the patient’s teeth to determine what restorative procedure will be required to fix the problems with the teeth. They will check for cavities, decay, cracks, wear, tooth movement and root canal issues. Some of the restorative treatment options the dentist will use to fix any problem with the teeth include:
- Dental implants
- Dental crowns
The dentist will check the health of the gums to make sure they are healthy. If they are not, some of the treatment options that will be used to treat the gums include scaling and root planing. If the patient has serious gum disease, the dentist will recommend soft tissue or bone grafts to build up the gums and the jaw bone.
Jaw and bite problems
A stable bite is important to one’s oral health because there is no pain when a person chews their food. Also, there is no wear on their teeth caused by their chewing. If a patient has a bad bite, it can lead to damage to the teeth as well as the jaw. When it comes to fixing the bite problem, the dentist will likely recommend using orthodontic treatment to do so.
During the examination, the dentist will go through the patient’s dental record, take X-rays and photographs of the patient’s mouth and make models of their teeth to treat the problems. In some cases, they might refer the patient to specialists in order to develop the right treatment plan for the patient.
Once the dentist has all the information that they need, they will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to completely restore the patient’s mouth. Since full mouth reconstruction is used to fix a lot of problems in the mouth, it is recommended that patients get a second opinion before agreeing to the treatment plan. They should also understand the risks and benefits of the treatment option they choose.
A full mouth reconstruction can be used to fix multiple problems people have with their teeth. It also restores the appearance and functionality of their teeth. If you have more than one problem with your teeth that you are trying to fix, schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine if you are an ideal candidate for a full mouth reconstruction.
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