Are You a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?
By Stephen Dowell, DDS on June 20, 2017
When dental damage and other oral health problems make it painful or difficult to eat, a full mouth reconstruction may help. Full mouth reconstructions consist of a variety of dental procedures to improve oral health and enhance the smile. At Dowell Dental Group, we tailor each treatment plan to the specific needs of our full mouth reconstruction candidates. If you live in or around Minerva, OH and would like to find out if you're a candidate for full mouth reconstruction, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is the term used to describe the use of restorative dentistry treatments to improve all aspects of the smile, including the health, function, and appearance. Any variety of dental treatments may be used in a full mouth reconstruction. Some of the most common treatments used for a full mouth reconstruction include:
- Dental crowns: Severely damaged teeth, whether broken or decayed, may be restored with dental crowns. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations used to encase damaged teeth to restore dental function and appearance.
- Tooth-colored fillings: Old metal fillings or untreated tooth decay may be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are customized to match the color of the surrounding tooth, creating a seamless blend and natural looking finish.
- Dental implants: Dental implants offer a secure option for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically placed within the jawbone. Dental implants may be paired with dental crowns for the replacement of individual teeth or implant-supported bridges or implant-supported dentures to securely replace multiple missing teeth.
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that may be used to repair minor chips and fractures to restore dental health and appearance.
- Dental bridges: Dental bridges may be used to replace one or more missing teeth without the need for surgery.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Candidates
Because full mouth reconstructions may consist of any variety of dental procedures to be tailored to the unique needs of each patient, most people with multiple dental issues make suitable candidates for full mouth reconstructions. Ideal candidates for full mouth reconstructions include those who suffer from such dental and oral health issues as:
- Tooth decay: Those who suffer from tooth decay may enjoy restored dental function and appearance with tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns.
- Tooth loss: Tooth loss is a common issue for those seeking full mouth reconstructions. Those who are healthy enough to undergo surgery may choose dental implant treatment to replace missing teeth while those who wish to avoid surgery may benefit from traditional dental bridges or dentures.
- Dental fractures: Those who have one or more fractured teeth can enjoy restored dental health with dental crown treatment.
- Old metal fillings: People who are unhappy with the appearance of old metal fillings may be good candidates for tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns.
- Gum disease: Those who suffer from gum disease, or periodontal disease, often make good candidates for full mouth reconstructions. Gum disease may be treated with root planing and scaling or surgical intervention.
Are You a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you suffer from multiple dental problems, you may be a candidate for full mouth reconstruction. To learn more about your treatment options and to find out if full mouth reconstruction is right for you, please contact our dental team today.
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