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Jun
25

Full-Mouth Reconstruction – Know Your Priorities!

Have you given any thought to having a full-mouth reconstruction? What constitutes essentially “reconstructing” your mouth?

If you’ve suffered from anything like:

  • Trauma to your jaw
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Multiple decayed or missing teeth
  • Oral cancer

…then you are likely a candidate for full-mouth reconstruction.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction Priorities

Reconstructing your smile first and foremost begins with halting the advance of any disease. You can’t build a new house on a crumbling foundation! If your smile has been devastated by a bacterial infection such as cavities or gum disease, then you need to get that infection under control.

The next priority is restoring healthy and comfortable function to your mouth. This aspect varies depending upon your individual needs. Perhaps orthodontic treatment is necessary to bring your bite into even alignment. Oral surgery on damaged bone, implant therapy, or tooth extractions can help restore the function of your bite. Root canals and restorative work will ensure that your teeth are comfortable and protected.

The last priority is making your smile pretty! This is not the most fundamental step, but it is an important one. After you have the health and function of your smile stabilized, it’s time to make it look like one you want to show off. Cosmetic treatments such as dental bonding, veneers, and whitening could give your grin that perfect finishing touch.

Planning to Reconstruct Your Smile

It’s not enough to simply mask major problems behind a smile that appears bright and clean. Your smile’s health and beauty depend on a solid foundation. Letting a significant problem with your smile persist will only allow it to worsen. Don’t wait any longer! Contact your dentist to schedule a smile evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Feb
2

Treatment Techniques for Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Restoring your smile from start to finish can seem overwhelming, expensive, and leave you not knowing where to start – but it doesn’t have to be. With full mouth rehabilitation, your dentist can help you make a plan that guides you step-by-step to a stronger, healthier smile.

The first part of a full mouth rehabilitation plan involves a comprehensive exam. During this appointment it’s important to share your desires, goals, and needs about your oral health. Your dentist will then suggest certain types of treatments to help you rebuild your smile one visit at a time. Although in some cases you may only need one type of treatment, other people find that a combination of treatments works best.

For instance, one patient may elect to have all of their teeth removed and a full mouth denture made. Someone else may decide that periodontal therapy, selective extractions, and permanent dental implants are best for them. Your dentist will help you weigh the pros and cons to each treatment option and give you the information you need to select the choices that are best for you. Rebuilding your natural teeth is the biggest goal, when at all possible. Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants is the most reliable decision, but it isn’t always an option for some people.

Creating a game plan is important. Talk to your dentist about how quickly you would like your smile repaired and what your budgetary concerns may be. Your dentist will help you utilize all of your existing insurance coverage and may be able to offer financing options as well. There’s no excuse good enough for not having a healthy smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Oct
27

Full Mouth Reconstruction for Health and Beauty

Being unhappy with the way your smile looks isn’t always an aesthetic concern – it may be due to the health and integrity of your teeth. When teeth become worn, decayed, or damaged in some way, the condition usually tends to progress in a way that compromises the tooth as well as its appearance. When you don’t know where to start, full mouth reconstruction is your dentists’ game plan to restoring the function to your smile (while also making it look great.)

So what is full mouth reconstruction? To begin, it’s a complete care plan that assesses concerns like:

  • Existing disease conditions
  • The health of existing restorations
  • The patient’s aesthetic concerns
  • Missing teeth and wear patterns

Your dentist will look at your entire mouth as a whole; yet formulate a tooth-by-tooth care plan that addresses the function of your mouth. For instance, if there are several cavities then there will be restorations planned. These restorations will then be designed to reflect an aesthetic treatment that functions for the long-term while also improving the overall appearance of the smile. It is important that each restoration such as crowns, bridges, or fillings is matched and designed to benefit the patient’s appearance. As treatment is completed in stages, there is a plan in place that will work toward achieving a final result.

If you’re missing teeth or have gone years without dental care, then it’s time to ask your dentist about full mouth reconstruction. If there’s one important think for you to keep in mind about full mouth reconstruction, it’s that there are typically 2 or 3 different options available for you to choose from. Schedule your exam today to find out which treatments are appropriate for your needs.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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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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Jul
3

Meth Mouth

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Illicit drug use can lead to a lot of oral health complications, but none of them are known to cause the extensive amount of dental problems as methamphetamine use. In fact, the term “meth mouth” was coined to describe the condition, because it is so unlike any other that a dentist will see in their profession.

Meth mouth typically represents itself as extensive tooth decay throughout the entire mouth. Nearly every tooth, and every surface of each tooth, is decayed or damaged in some fashion. Not only is the drug damaging, it can also cause people that take it to crave high amounts of sugary substances while they are on methamphetamine. As a result, severe amounts of tooth decay unlike any other occur on a very rapid and progressive scale.

Treating the oral health needs of people that have recovered or are battling methamphetamine use can be quite a challenge. Typically, full mouth rehabilitation is needed when meth mouth is involved. Different options include restoring teeth one-by-one with full coverage crowns and endodontic therapy, allowing patients to preserve their natural teeth. However, this can become costly and recurrent decay can occur around new restorations if habits or addictions cannot be avoided. A more dramatic, but effective approach is to remove all of the teeth involved and deliver a full coverage denture that is either removable or supported by dental implants. The decision is a personal one, and one that needs to be discussed with your dentist and your support system.

Your dental care is confidential, no matter what your history or health status is. Getting care for meth mouth for you or someone you love is one of the best things you can do for their health, their self-confidence, and the way people perceive them in social settings.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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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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