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Dec
18

The Best Option to Rebuild Your Smile

If your mouth has been permanently altered by an accident or disease, then you’ll need to do some reconstruction.

Specifically, a full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation.

Full mouth reconstruction/rehabilitation (FMR) means different things for different people. An FMR is simply a project with the goal of restoring natural function to your bite.

How do you know what treatment you need?

The End Result of an FMR

As mentioned above, your FMR will help you enjoy a more comfortable bite. This affects the way you smile and the food choices you make. Unlike cosmetic dental treatment, an FMR doesn’t focus on tooth appearance as much as it focuses on tooth function.

You need an FMR when there’s an issue that impairs the natural movement of your jaw. An FMR will reconstruct your jaw after a surgery or accident. It’s also a procedure that replaces missing teeth and corrects gum problems.

With a full mouth restoration, you’ll get back to living the life you love free of the worries that come with missing teeth.

Reaching Your FMR Goal

So what options are available for rebuilding your smile?

A full mouth restoration can include repair and replacement options such as:

  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants
  • Partial or full dentures
  • Bridges
  • Jaw surgery
  • Gum grafting

Typically, you’ll need the help of more than one of these options in order to reach your goal.

By working with your dentist, you can decide well in advance which treatment you’ll accept. There is actually no single right answer that works best. You might need to have a few procedures done to achieve your goal smile. Talk with your dentist to begin planning!

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Smiles
3244 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 794-2273

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
 

Jul
24

The Full Mouth Reconstruction Care Plan

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: 

Missing Teeth

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. 

Broken Teeth

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. 

Aesthetics

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.” 

Budget

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
(703) 931-4544

Sep
15

Finding Your Way to a Completely New Smile

As adults, some of us have quite a history of dental treatment. During our childhood we may have gone a few years where it seemed as if we had a filling placed in every tooth. Then we go years without any dental problems when all of a sudden, all of our teeth seem to need to be repaired at one time. If you have a history of multiple fillings that were placed 15, 20, or over 25 years ago, then you can probably relate. At some point, these restorations will begin to wear out and all of the teeth will need to be restored at what feels like is one time.

Restoring your entire smile can seem overwhelming, but in just a few phases of treatment your dentist can get you back to smiling in no time. A new, complete smile from start to finish not only improves your oral health, it also extends the life of your teeth and boosts self-confidence. By being proactive about treatment, you can actually keep restorative therapies more affordable, less invasive, and protect the health of your teeth.

What does a full mouth reconstruction process look like? To begin with, a full mouth assessment and X-rays will determine the health and life expectancy of your current restorations and teeth. If tooth replacement therapies are needed, these will be addressed. Your dentist will propose a step-by-step treatment outline that gradually moves your smile forward to one that can continue lasting several more years. Many patients have options when it comes to the types of treatment they receive, so make sure you let your dentist know what your goals and budgetary needs are.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa

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Mar
11

What Is A Full Mouth Restoration?

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A full mouth restoration is a series of several cosmetic dental procedures, which restore a patient’s overall dental health, as well as the appearance of their smiles.  In some cases the full mouth reconstruction will also correct a number of functional problems, which impacts the patient’s ability to speak clearly and chew their food properly.  In most cases the restoration takes place over a series of dental visits depending upon the amount of work required.

The first step in a full mouth restoration is for the dentist to perform a full dental exam, including dental x-rays to determine the work that is required.  Next, the dentist will outline a comprehensive treatment plan and “phase” the treatments as required.  In most cases, the dentist will perform the procedures to correct the problems, which are impacting the patient’s dental and overall health first, followed by the more cosmetic procedures.

Examples of the initial procedures would include filling of cavities, treatment of periodontal disease, root canals and crowns and in some instances, extractions.  Cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, crowns, dental bridges, dental implants and veneers.  In many cases it is possible for the dentist to perform multiple procedures in a single visit, depending upon the procedure and the ability of the patient to tolerate multiple procedures.  Often dentists will recommend sedation if multiple procedures are to take place, as it keeps the patient calm, relaxed and comfortable for longer periods of time.

While a full mouth restoration may take months to complete, the patient will see immediate improvement to their dental and overall health and will be amazed how quickly their smile is transformed!

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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