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What Are My Full Mouth Reconstruction Options?
When patients are struggling with decayed or missing teeth, gum disease, and other serious dental health issues, a full mouth reconstruction can help repair the health, function, and appearance of the teeth.
Full mouth reconstruction treatments
There are multiple treatment options available for full mouth reconstruction, and the majority of patients need multiple procedures, depending on what dental issues are present. These are the most common treatments for a smile restoration.
Dentures are a treatment for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. The procedure involves the fabrication of artificial teeth and gums that are customized to fit the patient’s mouth. There are two types, partial and full. Partials replace a few missing teeth while full dentures replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Dentures can help eliminate issues such as speech and eating difficulties. They also enhance the appearance of a patient’s smile.
This surgical procedure is used for patients with missing teeth and is a permanent alternative to dentures. Implants involve the use of an artificial tooth root placed in the jaw to fuse together with the bone. The root becomes a base for a connecting piece known as an abutment, which the fabricated crown is attached to. Implants can prevent complications that often arise from missing teeth, such as bone loss and sagging of the face.
This restoration is for patients who have multiple missing teeth in a row. A bridge fills in the empty space with replacement teeth that are anchored to the adjacent teeth. This option helps to restore a patient’s bite and prevents shifting of the teeth.
A crown treatment involves a cap placed over a tooth. It is often used to repair teeth that are misshapen, discolored, or worn, as well as teeth that have cavities that are too large to fill. A crown restores the shape and function of a tooth and makes it stronger.
Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are both types of restorative treatments used when a tooth is too damaged for a regular filling but does not need a crown. Inlays and onlays use a piece of ceramic that is fabricated in a lab to fill a cavity. Inlays fill in the area between the cusps of the tooth, while onlays cover the cusp of the tooth. Both treatments help preserve most of the natural tooth and do not shrink and loosen like traditional fillings may.
This procedure involves the placement of thin, tooth-colored shells that are shaped and attached to the surface of the teeth. Veneers can correct issues such as severe tooth discoloration, as well as chipped, gapped, and misaligned teeth. This treatment is used to improve the smile’s appearance, making it whiter and straighter.
Full mouth reconstruction involves many different types of procedures that are used to correct the functionality, health, and appearance of a patient’s teeth. By completing these treatments, patients can feel confident in their smiles again.
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