In some cases, a combination of procedures is necessary to restore a patient’s oral health, the strength of his or her teeth, and the appearance of his or her smile. When multiple treatments are used to return the patient’s teeth and gums to a healthy and attractive state, it is referred to as a full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation.
The specific procedures and treatments used during a full mouth reconstruction will depend on the individual case. Typically, a full mouth reconstruction improves the patient’s oral health as well as his or her appearance, significantly improving the patient’s quality of life. Drs. Mark and Shayne Fixari are skilled Columbus, OH dentists who have extensive experience in restoring patients’ smiles.
Treatments Used During a Full Mouth Reconstruction
During your consultation, your dentist will determine which treatments should be used to improve your smile. When planning your full mouth reconstruction, several factors will be taken into consideration. Your oral health is the top priority, but your dentist will also be concerned with helping you achieve a smile that is visually appealing and boosts your self confidence. Your full mouth reconstruction consultation is a time for you and your dentist to map out exactly what steps will be taken to restore your smile.
Crowns and Fillings
Decay is often the reason patients need to undergo full mouth reconstruction. When a tooth has become decayed, its strength is compromised. This decay must be treated immediately to avoid losing the tooth completely.
- Fillings are used to treat cavities, or holes in the tooth caused by decay. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and a material is used to fill the space. At Fixari Dental, we use composite fillings, which are tooth-colored.
- Crowns are often used if a tooth is severely decayed to the point that a filling would not be sufficient. The crown is placed over the tooth after the decayed portion has been removed to increase the tooth’s strength.
- Dental implants are one of the most commonly used treatments for a full mouth rehabilitation. Teeth that are missing or too decayed to save can be replaced with dental implants for a natural-looking, functional solution.
- Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone to provide strength and stability. Then, crowns are placed on top of the implants to act as replacement teeth. Dental implants enable patients to eat and speak with ease, and they are often more attractive than dentures or other appliances.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an issue that often must be addressed as part of a full mouth reconstruction.
- Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, as well as an increased risk of several serious health conditions, including heart disease. Therefore, periodontal disease treatment is a priority during a full mouth reconstruction.
- If you are displaying signs of periodontal disease (and most people do to some degree), we’ll develop a treatment plan to restore your periodontal health.
Restoring your smile does more than just improve the way your teeth look; it can significantly improve all aspects of your life. Your oral health is important to your overall health, and should be taken seriously. For more information about full mouth rehabilitation, or to schedule a consultation, contact the dental health care providers at Fixari Dental.