A full mouth reconstruction happens when a patient has had a lot of damage or disease or destruction to most all their teeth. We see this surprisingly a lot. I thought as time went on we would see less of this, as home care gets better, and as people get more attentive to taking care of their teeth, but it's surprising how many times we do have patients come in with teeth that are just rotting out and so forth, even young people.
I had a fifteen year old in the other day, lives out in the country, apparently doesn't have fluoride in the water, and he had large cavities on every tooth. Some of the teeth were just too far gone to be saved and had to be extracted. With that situation, with him or whether it be an older adult, we do a combination of implant crowns or bridges, or crowns, root canals, fillings, pretty much the whole gamut of the things that we do. In the end, it's like a building project, maybe an old building that's crumbled down and has broken down. You just build it back up, piece by piece.
We do a triage of sorts. We take the very worst things first, things that might cause pain and discomfort for the patient. Take care of those things before anything else. Then we start building the foundation back up and get to the point where the patient's able to chew again, and that their teeth look good, and that they don't hurt. All those things have to be addressed in order to do a good, successful full mouth reconstruction. I've been doing those for a long time, have a lot of experience at it. I've enjoyed doing them. I'm sorry to see people come in looking like that, but it's really a pleasure to be able to restore the mouth and help them to feel good about themselves again.
If your smile is in need of more than one procedure to give you the smile that you’ve always dreamed about, it’s never too late to have your mouth fully reconstructed. No matter what your age may be, there is always time left to repair whatever problem that you may be having with your teeth! A full-mouth reconstruction is when you need two or more different procedures to fix the widespread problems you are having in your mouth to return your smile’s appearance and oral health back to a normal level.
After we examine your mouth, we will formulate your specific plan by choosing what kind of procedures that your smile needs. Those dental procedures include but are not limited to dental implants, dental bridges, traditional full dentures, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, onlays, root canals, and extractions.
Formulating A Plan For Your Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Making an appointment with us at Fox Family Dentistry is the first step toward having your full-mouth reconstruction completed by Drs. Lawrence and Erik Fox. When you come in for your appointment, we will do an exam of your mouth to determine what needs to be repaired or replaced.
Once the exam is complete, you will sit down with Drs. Fox and discuss what you want to be done in order for your smile to be the way you want it to be when your full-mouth reconstruction is complete. We want to make sure that your smile will be the type of smile that not only improves your oral health, but also will give you a boost in confidence. Your plan will be personalized to the point where your smile will be uniquely yours.
What We Can Do To Reconstruct Your Smile
Here are some of the things that could be done to make over your smile:
- Dental implants can vastly improve your smile as well as restore the roots that went missing with the loss of natural teeth.
- Porcelain dental bridges will fill the gap left by missing teeth and give your smile a natural look and function.
- Traditional full dentures are an alternative to implants that will replace all of your teeth.
- Porcelain veneers are a way to cover up damaged teeth that have lost their look as well as their function. Veneers will be bonded to the front of your damaged teeth and act as functional shells for your teeth.
- Dental Crowns will fully cap your damaged teeth to protect them from further damage, as well as give your teeth the look and function of your healthy natural teeth.
- Tooth-colored fillings are great for filling cavities as well as leaving your tooth looking like it has had no work done to it.
- Onlays are needed when damage to your teeth is too extensive for a tooth-colored filling but not extensive enough for a crown.
- Root canals will remove infected pulp from within your teeth to ease your pain and improve your oral health.
- Teeth extractions can help alleviate pain brought about by a crowded mouth or teeth that are damaged or decayed beyond repair.