A full mouth reconstruction might be exactly what one needs if they are reluctant to smile or if they experience problems chewing. The process combines multiple therapeutic treatments to fix and rebuild damaged teeth. Doing this restores a person's function while simultaneously improving their aesthetics.
How a full mouth reconstruction restores the ability to chew
Anyone who has ever had a damaged tooth knows how difficult it can be to chew with it. A person's chewing might be hindered by the bite surfaces of the teeth no longer being intact or due to toothaches that occur when pressure is applied to the teeth.
Damaged teeth can also ruin a person's smile since the damage is often visible when the person smiles. For example, chipped and broken teeth can alter a person's smile since it is easy to spot such damage.
A full mouth reconstruction also improves a patient's health since healthy teeth are easier to clean than damaged teeth. For example, poorly-aligned teeth have a tendency to get in the way of brushing and flossing. As a result, the patient's risk of tooth decay is increased.
Here are a few ways that a patient's bite and smile can be restored from a full mouth reconstruction:
- Orthodontic appliances: Devices like braces and clear aligners can be used to slowly push a person's teeth towards a better alignment over time. Braces work by using brackets and wires to get this done, while clear aligners use transparent plastic trays to push the patient's teeth closer to a better alignment. Both are effective ways to deal with issues like overbites, underbites, crossbites, crooked teeth and spaces between teeth. However, clear aligners provide discreet treatment since they are hard to notice when worn.
- Crowns: Crowns are versatile restorations used in full mouth reconstructions that restore the function of damaged teeth and improve their appearance. Also called a cap, the restoration goes over the damaged tooth and covers it completely. It prevents saliva, acids and oral bacteria from getting to the treated tooth and it protects it from bite forces generated when chewing.
- Dentures: These oral prosthetics are used to replace missing teeth and they are the most affordable option for a full mouth reconstruction. Dentures are removable devices that rest on the wearer's gums. A full set of dentures can be used to replace missing teeth on one half of the jaw, while partial dentures are a better option for those who have only lost a few teeth.
- Implants: These oral restorations are quite popular when undergoing a full mouth reconstruction. They go right into the patient's jaw and they replace the root that falls out when a tooth is lost. Implants can be fitted with crowns or other restorations like dentures depending on the patient's need. These restorations restore the patient's ability to chew, preserves their jawbone tissue and improves the way their smile looks.
Restore teeth with a full mouth reconstruction
Want to chew naturally and smile confidently again? Reach out today to learn more about a full mouth reconstruction.
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