It can seem extremely intimidating to know that you may need a variety of different dental cosmetic treatments to achieve the smile you dream of. And perhaps, visiting the dentist may not be your favorite activity in the world. This may keep you away from a full mouth reconstruction. However, finding the right dentist for you can ease away your anxiety along with the stresses of visiting the dentist.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search for the perfect dentist, it will be time to sit down and have a consultation. A consultation is very important to have a careful planning session that will determine and identify your needs as the patient and the treatment options the dentist may recommend reaching your aesthetic goals. It can be extremely beneficial to bring in a photo or two of a celebrity smile that you love so as to give the dentist an idea of what you like and what can be achieved with your look.
A full mouth reconstruction is done to completely revamp and rebuild a smile with a variety of treatments to achieve the desired look. This form of treatment will involve more than one dental cosmetic procedure to address a multitude of issues that can be present in your mouth. This whole procedure is done to ensure the aesthetics, the functionality, and the health of the mouth are all upgraded and renewed. This form of procedure will likely be recommended for patients who have a multitude of issues with their mouth such as periodontal gum disease, missing teeth, misaligned bites, old dental work, the issue of bruxism (grinding teeth), or show any symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).
It’s necessary to find a dentist or team of dentists who can offer a combined effort of both aesthetic and functional upgrades, all while improving the health of the mouth. The first step is to come up with a full treatment plan that will discuss a step by step process that can identify what needs to be addressed and how it will be treated.
There are many different variations of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can repair issues in your mouth. Check out the list below for a small amount of what can be done to adjust the issues in your mouth. An endless amount of combinations can be put together to renew your smile to give you astunning look you’ve always wanted.
Patients who are tired of their misaligned, separated, or crowded teeth can benefit from braces or Invisalign. There are different options for braces currently available; the traditional bracket & wire procedure and Invisalign. Braces not only can align crooked teeth but they can also aid with patients who have symptoms of TMJ or sleep apnea. This can widen the roof of the mouth by allowing more room for airflow. Braces are becoming increasingly popular in adults as well as it is a permanent solution for getting straighter teeth!
No dentist should start dental cosmetic care on a patient if he or she has active periodontal disease. Periodontal gum disease is when the bone support and gum tissue is lost around the teeth. If this is not taken care of the patient’s gums will start to detach from the teeth and create empty pockets between them. These pocket can store bacteria and lead to potential infections. If the gum disease isn’t treated, eventual tooth loss could be the result. This disease should be dealt with before any restorative option can proceed. The health of your mouth depends on it!
Dental implants are the #1 recommended tooth replacement option for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium posts that are implanted directly into the patient’s jaw to provide a strong foundation to hold the restoration tooth. This procedure not only provides the aesthetics of a natural tooth (by topping it off with a dental crown) but also the function and strength of a natural tooth as well. It is the only restorative option that is good for your teeth and jaw alike. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone beneath it will start to deteriorate as the bite pressure applied isn’t strengthening the bone beneath. This is a great way to replace a missing tooth or at least give it an anchor for a dental bridge for multiple missing teeth.
A dental crown can be used for a multitude of reasons. If a tooth’s pulp is infected (the inner nerves of a tooth), a root canal therapy can be performed. This procedure I the removal of the tooth’s pulp to save the outer shell of the tooth. Once the tooth is empty, it will be filled with a composite resin and capped with a dental crown for an added layer of protection- to keep further bacteria away! A dental crown can also be used to cover teeth who have extreme cracks, chips, or even major discoloration.
Dental bridges are used to “bring the gap” between teeth. When there is a tooth missing, a great way to “replace” it is by using a dental bridge. This dental appliance is created with two anchors on the side that slide over the natural teeth that surround the missing one. These anchors are created in forms of dental crowns. The tooth replacement restoration sits in the middle and is held in place by the two teeth on the side. This procedure can also be done to teeth that only have one tooth anchor on one side as well.
Dentures are a great way to revamp a patient’s smile who may be missing more than one tooth. Dentures can be done partially or fully depending on how many teeth are missing. They can be created to be removable at night or during oral hygiene routines, or can even be made permanent by being bonded to a dental implant! This is an excellent way to have teeth shaped, colored and sized to fit the exact look you may be aiming for. This is especially more common in adults who don’t have strong enough jawbone to withstand multiple dental implants.
A full mouth reconstruction can use one or more of the above procedures and much more. If you have multiple issues in your mouth that needs to be repaired to get you the smile you’ve always wanted, talk to your dentist about this overhaul procedure. It’s time to smile with confidence!