Dental Tips Blog

Sep
9

Smile Destroyed in an Accident? Here’s How to Restore It

Posted in Oral Surgery

At first, you were just grateful to still be alive. You were lucky that you didn’t suffer much more than some jaw damage.

But now that some time has passed since the accident, you realize that the damage to your smile has made day-to-day living a nightmare.

Things like missing or broken teeth or a poorly-aligned jaw can interfere with your speech and eating ability. You may even be embarrassed to show your teeth in a smile.

What can you do to repair your smile?

Full-mouth reconstruction (FMR) may be the answer.

An FMR case is a series of procedures to get your mouth as close to a healthy state of function as possible.

Your unique treatment plan may include things like:

  • Crowning multiple teeth to even out their fit and appearance
  • Gum tissue grafts
  • Extracting teeth that can’t be restored
  • Replacing missing teeth with dentures or implants

Full-mouth restoration focuses on restoring function so it’s more medically-necessary than a simple smile makeover. But an FMR will also take aesthetics into consideration. You will end up with a beautiful set of teeth that you can chew comfortably with by the time the process is over.

Getting FMR is usually a process of several months to a year. It does take time to complete everything on your list, but it’s best to do it all back-to-back so that you don’t lose progress.

If you were recently in an accident, you may first need an oral surgeon’s help to reconstruct facial features. Once such injuries are stabilized, you’ll work with a dentist to rebuild your smile.

Contact your dentist today if you think full-mouth restoration is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Aug
21

How Long Does it Take to Get a Full Mouth Restoration?

Getting a completely brand-new smile may be the best financial investment you ever make. Although worth every penny, you’ll likely also find that it’s a major investment of time.

Beyond just white straight teeth, a full mouth restoration (FMR) or “reconstruction” involves repairing the function of your bite. FMR means bringing every tooth in your smile into perfect harmony.

How much time should you expect to put into your FMR?

Why FMRs Take Time

It takes a lot of careful planning with your dentist to determine what changes are needed to get your mouth working comfortably again.

In addition to planning treatment for restoring teeth, your FMR could also include:

  • Gum therapy and surgery
  • Bite adjustment
  • Tissue grafts
  • Alterations to improve esthetics, such as the shape of your chin’s profile

Planning for all these procedures and consulting with other specialists takes time.

How Long Treatment Takes

Your FMR from start to finish may take about year. For many patients, even more time is needed. This is because a full mouth restoration can include procedures that take months to complete. Dental crowns and fillings can be done in a matter of weeks. Fitting a partial denture can take up to a month. Implants, however, may need several months before they are healed and ready for use.

Procedures like those just listed can take even longer if you need a root canal, extractions, or some other surgery.

Speed Up Your FMR

You can cut out a lot of time by planning a longer appointment so that you can get all necessary fillings and crowns done in one day.

Contact your local dentist to find out whether an FMR is right for you and how long it may take.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Nov
16

4 Things You Need to Do Before You Have a Full Mouth Restoration

A full mouth restoration (FMR) is what your mouth needs when it has lost its natural form or function because of disease or injury. Without this level of rehabilitation, your mouth would never be the same.

An FMR is a project that’s made up of several different procedures. It can seem a bit overwhelming to plan. How do you know which treatment you need and where to get started?

  1. Design a Plan with Your Dentist

The first step is having your smile assessed. A dental expert will help you determine which procedures are necessary to completing your smile. Together, you’ll prioritize the list of treatment and the dentist will begin assembling the team of professionals.

  1. Talk with Your Doctor

An FMR could require extensive surgical treatment. From implants to grafting to facial reconstruction, you’re going to need the help of your general physician. Your doctor will ensure that your medications list is up-to-date and that you are cleared for surgical procedures.

  1. Boost Your Immune System

Your body won’t recover well when it’s low on fuel. Work to lower stress, eat well, and get lots of sleep before you have invasive treatment done. A healthy body promotes healing.

  1. Make Financial Preparations

Depending on the nature and extent of treatment you need, it could be the biggest investment you make at a single time. Don’t let surprise expenses make you give up partway through treatment! Be prepared to finish what you start. Plan ahead by communicating with your insurance company. Get treatment estimates and ask about payment plans, financing, and loans.

Contact your local dentist for more details on planning an FMR.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Sep
18

6 Things You Should Avoid While Recovering from a Full Mouth Reconstruction

The process of completely rebuilding a smile is different for everyone. For some patients, this means a lot of dental crown and bridgework. But you may be in need of some extensive oral surgery. Surgery could involve placing multiple implants and even some serious bone reconstruction.

To get the most of your treatment and to encourage rapid healing, make it a point to avoid the following:

  1. Physical Activity

Physical exertion elevates your blood pressure and increases circulation. This is great for your heart, but rough on the delicate oral tissues that are trying to knit together!

  1. Some of Your Favorite Foods

You’ll have to say “no” to the chewy chicken wings and crunchy caramel popcorn, for a while. Fresh fruits and vegetables, doughy carbohydrates, and anything with seeds are all bad ideas. Try some protein shakes and blended fruit smoothies for potent yet gentle nutrition.

  1. Being Alone While on Medication

Some pain medications pack a powerful punch! Have a friend or family member nearby while you doze and rest up so that they can help you out while you’re in an altered state of mind.

  1. Smoking

Smoking is a big no-no because it impedes the healing process. Stay away from the habit for as long as you can.

  1. Brushing Your Teeth

For the first couple of days after your procedure, you need to avoid touching the surgical site. You’ll probably have a prescription rinse, but brushing too soon can do more damage than good.

Consult with your dentist before your next major dental project. With the right post-op care, your full mouth reconstruction will be a success!

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Smiles
175 White St NW, #300
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-6521

Sep
15

Full-Mouth Reconstruction – Is It Worth It?

To clarify, a full-mouth reconstruction is NOT the same as a smile makeover! A smile makeover is usually just a couple of cosmetic procedures that improve the look of your smile.

But if you have a bigger problem, then you’re going to need more than just a little cosmetic help.

What’s Involved?

Whether your mouth has been affected by a disease, such as rampant tooth decay, the effects are damaging and permanent. Normal activities like talking and eating become a lot harder when you have multiple missing or damaged teeth.

A full-mouth reconstruction is a project for your smile. Anything and everything that needs to be done to restore your bite is planned out from start to finish. Procedures may include:

  • Gum surgery
  • Bone grafting
  • Tooth extractions
  • Crowns
  • Root canals
  • Dental implants

Make a Plan and Be Committed

When you decide to rebuild your smile, you should be committed to following through. Not planning in advance would make the project pointless. Leaving it half done is just as bad as never beginning at all.

Start by finding a dental care provider who will help see you through every step until you reach your goal. Both patient and dentist have to be committed!

The Benefits

With your mouth rebuilt, you’ll be able to smile without fear and chew without difficulty. Imagine how nice it would feel to brush your teeth like normal instead of removing a denture for cleaning every day!

A full-mouth reconstruction is worth every effort, as long as you are dedicated to seeing it through. Your quality of life will improve dramatically. Contact your dentist for more details on how a full-mouth reconstruction could change your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave Suite D
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 336-8478

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

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