Dental Tips Blog

Apr
6

What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Have you heard your friends talking about getting a full mouth reconstruction? Why would you need this treatment? What all does it involve?

Full mouth reconstruction is a term used to describe the process of restoring all permanent teeth on the upper and lower jaws. This series of procedures typically involves many dental specialists such as a: restorative dentist, orthodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist (gum specialist), and an endodontist (root canal specialist) – or you may have a highly experienced dentist who performs each phase of treatment right in their private practice.

You might benefit from full mouth reconstruction if you have:

  • Fractured or broken teeth due to a mouth injury
  • Lost teeth from decay, gum disease or trauma
  • Continual pain in face muscles, jaw and headaches requiring continual bite adjustments
  • All teeth have become worn down severely from tooth grinding or acid erosion

Where do you start?

At first, you will visit your dentist for a comprehensive exam. They will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth to make models of your bite. Your dentist will evaluate the condition of your: teeth, gums, and TMJ (jaw joint).

After the exam, your dentist will weigh various options to determine the best treatment plan for you. It may even involve a referral to one of their colleagues who focuses on certain procedures. Some full mouth rehabilitations can take a year or longer to complete, due to multiple phases. Your dental Insurance may cover some of the costs with full mouth reconstruction.

Do you need a full mouth reconstruction?

Call your dentist to set up a comprehensive exam. They will help you determine a treatment plan that is right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Cosmetic Dentist of Hayward
27206 Calaroga Ave #216
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 782-7821
 

Aug
29

Getting a Second Opinion

Have you recently been told that you need a large amount of dental treatment, or a costly procedure to save your teeth? If you’ve been away from the dentist for a while, this may be a concern after seeing a new dentist for the first time. Before beginning any large or expensive treatment plan, dental patients should know that it’s never a bad idea to get a second opinion.

Many dentists will treatment plan using different methodologies. Some dentists prefer to wait out and monitor mild areas of concern, while others are more proactive in treatment. Some dentists may present several options to the patient, allowing them to help co-plan their treatment, while other dentists recommend or offer only one type of treatment for the condition. Patients should know that sometimes there are options available to them, and need to feel confident in the care that their personal dentist offers.

Sometimes patients don’t have that confidence, and want to find out what another dentist would recommend instead of immediately going through with treatment. That’s completely fine! If you decide to seek out a second opinion, there is no need to show the other dentist what treatment plan was recommended by the previous dentist. You will need to have dental x-rays for a new dental exam and diagnosis though, so you may need to acquire copies of your older films (which can be printed or emailed – if digital) or else possibly be ready to pay for a new set.

Having a second opinion on your dental needs is a great way to put your mind at ease and feel confident about the choices you make for the future of your smile.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

Aug
19

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Posted in Dental Implants

Is every tooth in your mouth broken, decayed or causing you pain or discomfort? If you’ve had a history of patched up dental restorations or intermittent dental care, you may feel as if your entire mouth needs an overhaul. There actually is such a thing! Full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive treatment service that your dentist formulates based on every concern and oral health need that you have.

Treatments involved in full mouth reconstruction typically involve a combination of therapies such as dental crowns, veneers, bridges, dental implants or dentures. Your treatment is completed in phases, beginning with the most significant needs and working toward the less-invasive or minor needs toward the end of the reconstruction. All the while, the function and aesthetics of the end result are kept in mind regarding your care.

Patients who have successfully completed full mouth rehabilitation are able to eat, speak and smile the way they want to, like they did when their mouths were healthy. It can take just a few appointments, or several months to complete your care, depending on what treatments are to be used. In the end, your reconstruction will provide significant results that will boost your self-confidence and improve the way you look. Others will take notice!

If you’ve been unhappy with your teeth or haven’t seen a dentist in years, a comprehensive exam and assessment of your smile are all that is needed to determine whether a full mouth treatment is necessary to address your needs. Your treatment will be reviewed with you and implemented in stages, based on the care coordinated by the dentist and your personal goals.

Posted on behalf of Gilreath Dental Associates

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Dec
5

Dental Exams

Dental exams are a key element when it comes to preventing dental disease. Early diagnosis and evaluation of symptoms can allow your dentist to treat active tooth decay while it is still small. Delaying exams or treatment simply allows tooth decay to expand and become more invasive. A simple filling can easily turn into an abscessed tooth, requiring root canal therapy and a crown.

There are different types of dental exams that your dentist will provide. You will note these listed on your receipt or insurance breakdown. Here is a summary of common exams that your dentist provides, depending on what your specific complaints are:

Comprehensive

This exam is performed on every new patient and usually every 3-5 years on existing patients. A comprehensive examination includes oral disease screening, a head and neck examination, periodontal screening, oral cancer screening and health history review. Comprehensive exams usually call for a full mouth series of dental x-rays.

Periodic

The most common type of exam is the periodic exam. This exam is performed during your routine appointments for dental cleanings and checkups and should be done at least once a year. Periodic exams allow the dentist to check any areas that are being monitored, check for new symptoms of disease, and update health history information. Once a year bitewing x-rays allow the dentist to check for early signs of decay between the back teeth.

Limited

A limited exam is problem-specific. Most limited exams are for a follow-up related to a specific treatment that you receive. Or, a limited exam may be performed if you are coming into the office for a dental related emergency. An x-ray will be taken of the tooth that is suffering from the symptoms. No other areas are addressed.

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