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.
Teeth can be lost or irreparably damaged for a number of reasons, including decay, gum disease, or an injury. When this happens, it’s best to replace them with dental implants. Placing an implant prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position, improves the patient’s appearance, and better enables him or her to chew and speak properly.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard treatment for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Columbus implant dentists Mark and Shayne Fixari explain the dental implant procedure and what patients should expect.
Getting Dental Implants: What to Expect
The process of getting dental implants requires several appointments over several months’ time, but the results are well worth the effort.
- After a thorough examination and consultation, the first step is for one of our implant dentists to surgically place the dental implants into your jawbone. The implant is a small, titanium post that will act as a tooth root.
- After the implant(s) have been placed, some time must pass to allow the implants to become stable. Because titanium is a biocompatible material, your body will accept the implants, and over a few months’ time, the implants will fuse with the surrounding bone. This process, called osseointegration, gives the implants strength and stability.
- Once the implants are stable, an abutment is placed on top of each implant. Then, a porcelain crown is attached to the abutment. Once the crown is placed, your smile will be restored.
- People who have dental implants are able to function just as they did with natural teeth; they are able to eat their favorite foods, speak with ease, and smile with confidence.
Sedation for Your Comfort
Patients who decide to get dental implants may be nervous about the procedure, as it is quite invasive. To keep our patients feeling calm and comfortable throughout the appointment, we provide the option to use sedation.
- Patients who are sedated are able to completely relax without being put to sleep.
- Often, patients do not even remember the appointment afterward. Sedation is an excellent choice for patients who struggle with anxiety or a fear of going to the dentist.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
When multiple teeth are missing, the patient may feel that the only option is to use dentures or bridges. However, for many patients, dental implants are a much more effective solution.
- Many patients find dentures to be cumbersome and uncomfortable, but dental implants feel very natural.
- Over time, dentures often become loose if the patient experiences bone or gum tissue loss. Dental implants help prevent this loss and are permanently stable structures the patient can trust.
- Dentures limit the foods the patient can eat, but dental implants enable patients to eat anything they desire.
Dental implants are not just for patients who need to replace all of their teeth. A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth. We ensure that your single tooth implant is perfectly measured and positioned to ensure that it matches the rest of your smile and feels and functions just like a natural tooth.
Schedule Your Implants Consultation at Fixari Dental
If you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants are often the ideal treatment. Schedule your implant consultation with the dentists at Fixari Dental in Columbus, OH to learn about your options for restoring your smile.
If you’re wondering whether there are differences between CEREC® crowns and veneers, you’ve come to the right place!
We would like to discuss some of the fundamental differences between the two, and also highlight some reasons why patients receive dental crowns versus porcelain veneers.
Are There Differences Between Veneers and CEREC Crowns?
Crowns and veneers have several similarities, and can achieve some of the same results for patient’s smiles.
- This is especially true when it comes to the natural-looking, long-lasting results that CEREC crowns and porcelain veneers produce.
- Also, the CEREC technology and the veneers procedure are both minimally invasive procedures.
However, there is a fundamental difference between crowns and veneers.
- The crowns procedure is typically chosen and utilized when a patient’s tooth suffers from decay. When a tooth is decayed, we have less tooth structure in which to fix the natural tooth. Therefore, crowns are placed to fix the decayed tooth.
- On the other hand, dental veneers require very minimal adaptations to the tooth structure. They are chosen when patients want to revitalize their smile by improving the aesthetics of their teeth (color and shape). Therefore, veneers are typically the recommended service when patients are merely worried about the appearance of their smile, versus getting rid of decay and repairing a tooth with a dental crown.
CEREC stands for Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Fixari Family Dental utilizes CEREC technology to create crowns, inlays, and onlays in one office visit.
- By utilizing the CEREC technology, patients do not have to get fillings or crowns since their new crown is crafted in one office visit. This incredible fact often saves the patient money and time.
- CEREC technology allows us to create your new dental crown within approximately one hour!
- With the CEREC design technology, we are able to pay attention to the critical details, such as the shape, length, color, and bite. All of these characteristics are important for creating a flawless, healthy smile.
Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option for many patients, especially for those who want a “Hollywood smile.”
- The veneers procedure focuses on improving the aesthetics of a patient’s smile, rather than fixing decay.
- Porcelain veneers can fix chipped, cracked, slightly misaligned, and broken teeth.
- The porcelain material is natural-looking and long-lasting, too.
Fixari Family Dental for Your Dentistry Needs
As you can see, there are several similarities and differences when it comes to CEREC crowns and veneers.
If you are interested in either service, we will help you further understand your options, and also help you decide which is the best for you.
So if you live in the Columbus, OH area, you can schedule your consultation with us. We look forward to creating your healthy, dream smile!