What is full mouth reconstruction? Who would benefit from such a procedure? Consider the following answers to these two important questions.
What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is an extensive procedure to restore the oral health of a patient. Treatment may be performed in a number of ways. Here are a few treatment options:
Dental Implants – To replace missing teeth, dental implants may be used. This involves implanting a titanium post to hold a custom made crown.
Bridges – In some cases, a bridge may be used when there is just a small gap due to a missing tooth. The bridge is held by crowns that are placed on the two surrounding teeth.
Bone Grafts – Sometimes, teeth are lost due to a decrease in bone density. This makes it difficult to get a dental implant to graft properly. A bone graft may need to be performed before any other dental work can take place.
Dentures – If all of a person’s teeth need to be replaced, dentures are a less expensive option than implants (and are more likely to be covered by insurance).
Crowns – Crowns are placed over damaged teeth to keep them from deteriorating further. This allows a patient to keep their original tooth. However, the coloration and shape of the cap will not only protect the tooth but allow it to match the rest of the mouth.
Fillings – Fillings keep cavities from causing further problems. Cavities can often be filled with a composite substance that matches the tooth color.
Who Is it For?
It is easier to understand situations that make full mouth reconstruction necessary now that we have discussed the processes involved. Some of these circumstances are:
– Individuals who are missing teeth.
– Victims of an accident that has caused oral damaged
– Victims of a disease that has caused oral damage
– People who have multiple cavities, cracked teeth, or other oral care problems
– Individuals suffering from bone loss contributing to lost teeth
– People who have experienced significant damage due to gum disease
– Anyone who is not happy with their smile and wants to improve it with modern dentistry
The fact is that full mouth reconstruction can help anyone from the elderly who are experiencing problems to those who are looking to make their smile more aesthetically pleasing. Whether the damage was caused by an accident and needs to be performed in an emergency or is the result of years of wear and damage, the final product can be a smile that you are happy to show off and a mouth that allows you to talk and chew normally.