Full Mouth Reconstruction Candidates
Dental problems can happen to anyone at any time. Good oral hygiene habits, regular visits to the dentist, and a healthy diet are not always enough to prevent dental problems. Indeed, some people are simply prone to dental problems. Others are not able to receive the dental care they need because of finances, fear, or lack of time, among other reasons. After a while, dental problems will become impossible to ignore and will require a visit to the dentist.
Dental problems can be daunting, especially when a person is dealing with more than one dental issue at a time. That is one of the reasons that Dr. Patrick Tanner offers patients at his South Ogden cosmetic dentistry practice full mouth reconstruction.
What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
The term full mouth reconstruction refers to one or more dental treatments designed to restore function, strength, stability, and health to the teeth and gums. During the full mouth reconstruction process, the functionality of both the upper and lower jaws will be restored. Each patient’s unique dental needs will determine which restorative treatments are included in their customized full mouth reconstruction treatment plan. For example, a patient suffering from tooth loss will undergo a different treatment than a patient suffering from tooth decay.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Candidates
The beauty of full mouth reconstruction is that any person experiencing a dental problem is a candidate. No matter how big or how small the dental problem, there is an effective treatment available with full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction can be a long treatment process. It can take days, weeks, months, and even years to complete. A patient must be willing to sacrifice his or her time when undergoing full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction can also cause the patient discomfort. The vast majority of patients find their commitment and sacrifice was well worth the exceptional results. It is difficult to regret the decision to undergo full mouth reconstruction when you end the process with a fully functional, healthy smile.
Patients suffering from one or more of these common dental problems may be candidates for full mouth reconstruction:
- Dental caries: Commonly referred to as cavities, dental caries can affect people of all ages. Cavities are most commonly caused by tooth decay. A cavity creates small holes in the tooth’s enamel and dentin. These small holes cause permanent damage to the tooth. Dental caries may be treated with amalgam (metal) fillings or tooth-colored fillings.
- Tooth decay: When food particles, acid, saliva, and bacteria in the mouth combine, plaque forms. Plaque must be promptly removed from the surfaces of the teeth or it will eat away at the surface of the teeth, resulting in tooth decay. Over time, the acid within plaque will cause a cavity to form.
- Orthodontic issues: Issues of misalignment such as overcrowding, underbite, and overbite can be addressed through full mouth reconstruction. Traditional metal braces, invisible braces, and other orthodontic treatments may be utilized during full mouth reconstruction.
- Tooth loss: The loss of even one tooth can result in severe damage to the teeth and gums. When there is a gap left by a missing tooth, the remaining teeth will slowly shift toward filling that gap. The teeth surrounding the gap are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. Dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures, among other artificial tooth replacements may be included in a patient’s full mouth reconstruction treatment plan.
- Chipped and cracked teeth: Cracked and chipped teeth are aesthetically unpleasing and may cause decay and infection to develop in the affected teeth. Dental crowns may be utilized to restore strength, stability, and function to the damaged teeth.
Learn More about Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you would like to learn if you are a candidate for full mouth reconstruction, please contact South Ogden Smiles today.