Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Are You a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on June 20, 2017

A diagram of full mouth reconstruction treatmentsWhen 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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