When you need to rebuild your entire smile from the ground up, it can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, it also means you usually have several options to work from. Your dentist will consider several different factors when helping you reconstruct your smile:
The first step in full mouth restoration is deciding how to replace your missing teeth. Without this step, other teeth (even if they are restored) will start to shift out of place and suffer from problems like abnormal wear, gum disease, and strain to the TMJ.
Cracked, chipped, and decayed teeth need to be addressed as early as possible, limiting the extent of restorations needed. Always start with the worst teeth and work your way to the ones with smaller needs, that way you don’t risk losing the other teeth due to the disease becoming more advanced.
Choosing the right type of materials will impact the way the new teeth look when you smile. Consider where your teeth are located, whether or not you want to change the appearance of your other teeth, and an end goal for the “perfect smile.”
The type of treatments you have to choose from can be adjusted to fit your budget, insurance coverage, and financing needs. Some people have different goals than others; so don’t be embarrassed to bring it up!
Ultimately the end goal is to restore your smile to one that is free of disease and replaces all of your missing teeth, getting your mouth back to normal function. Make a list of what is important for your new smile (tooth size, shape, color, budget, timeframe) to discuss with your dentist during your evaluation.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
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