People who have never experienced serious mouth issues may not realize the impact dental health can have on life. Pain is hard to deal with on its own, but when it prevents you from eating it is time for action. When damage to the teeth and mouth change the support structure and shape of the face, full mouth restoration may be right for you.
Advances in dental technology make replacing broken-down or missing teeth easier than ever before, but a full mouth restoration goes beyond just teeth restoration. Mouth pain and chewing problems are often the results of improper alignment. Full mouth restoration often corrects multiple problems to create beautiful, healthy smiles.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
When multiple dental issues plague a patient, full mouth reconstruction may be just what is needed to create a beautiful, functional, pain-free smile. Dr. Fotinos works with patients at his practice in Orange, CA who have badly damaged or missing teeth to ascertain which reconstructive treatments will work best for the individual.
Full mouth reconstruction aims to improve bite position and rid existing teeth of decay, old fillings, and old crowns. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to full mouth reconstruction because each person’s bite position is unique and may require multiple treatments for optimum health and comfort.
What to Expect With Full Mouth Restoration
Each patient meets with the dentist to discuss their dental concerns and history. A thorough exam is vital to establishing an individualized treatment plan, especially since full mouth reconstruction often includes more than one type of treatment. Photos, x-rays, and impressions help the dentist prioritize reconstructive treatments. He will take note of decay, cracks, breaks, gums, bite, and jaw bone condition.
New teeth work best, and last longest when underlying jaw and bone issues are treated before veneers, crowns, bridges, or implants are placed. Your new smile should look and feel natural, so your dentist studies facial proportions to ensure solutions fit and align properly.
Common Full Mouth Restoration Treatment Options
Teeth whitening is often where people start to refresh smiles when teeth are generally healthy. Full mouth restoration usually involves treating tooth decay and fixing misshapen, cracked, broken, or stained teeth.
- Veneers are thin porcelain wafers made to fit on the front of natural teeth. They are a great permanent option that does require a minimal amount of enamel to be filed away for a strong bond.
- Crowns are made to look and feel like the surrounding natural teeth. Damaged natural tooth material is filed away and a mold is taken of the mouth so a new crown can be made to order. Once cemented in place, a crown can last many years with proper care.
- Bridges offer replacement options when multiple adjacent teeth are missing.
- Dental implants can replace individual teeth, but they can also be used to support bridges and full dentures. If you need a full arch replacement but hesitate due to common issues with dentures, like slippage and speech issues, ask Dr. Fotinos about dental implant options.
- ClearCorrect clear aligner trays can align teeth and bite without the discomfort of traditional braces. A series of trays guide teeth and jaws into alignment with about 22 hours of daily wear. You remove trays to eat, brush, and floss, so it is easier to keep teeth clean and stain free with ClearCorrect.
Dr. Fotinos is a skilled dentist with extensive experience in full mouth restoration. People who are ready to restore their youthful smiles have come to the right place. Dr. Fotinos works closely with his team to take you from the initial consultation through through full reconstruction.
Restore Confidence with a Full Mouth Reconstruction
What Happens During a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A customized treatment plan is created to improve your bite, oral health, and smile. Any old dental work is removed to make room for new and improved treatment options. Let’s look at some options available.
- Porcelain veneers cover discolored, misshapen, and chipped front teeth.
- Porcelain crowns replace large areas of damage or decay on individual teeth.
- Dental bridges replace two or more adjacent teeth.
- Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are often stronger than the originals.
- Implant-supported dentures and bridges are an alternative to traditional dentures. Slippage and speech issues are a thing of the past.
- Orthodontics like ClearCorrect aligner trays, align the teeth and bite with a series of custom trays that guide both the teeth and jaws into alignment.
- Gum disease treatment may include a deep cleaning and root scaling to remove plaque, tartar, and pockets of infection from the teeth and gums.
- Root canal therapy allows dentists to save teeth that have exposed or infected nerve tissue (pulp).
For those who experience dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is an option during full mouth reconstruction. Both the oral and intravenous medication produces a relaxed state that helps most people tolerate needed dental work.