Are You a Candidate?
Because mouth reconstruction involves an extensive set of procedures, it is important to be as informed as possible about the risks and requirements. During your consultation, Dr. Newman will take you through a comprehensive examination and can review your options with you in more detail.
There are many dental conditions treated by full mouth reconstruction. Generally, patients who opt to have full mouth reconstruction need to repair severe or pervasive damage to their teeth. Someone experiencing one or a combination of the following problems may be a candidate for this procedure:
- Decaying Teeth: The result of plaque buildup, tooth decay can pose a serious threat to the health of the teeth. It often results in cavities, but if left unchecked, it can lead to tooth loss or deeper infection.
- Missing or fractured teeth: Adults who have lost one or more of their teeth may benefit from full reconstruction. Whether from decay, disease, or an accident, there are a variety of ways to replace missing teeth through full mouth reconstruction. For teeth that are fractured, but not lost, procedures such as dental crowns may restore a tooth to its original appearance and functionality. For missing teeth, a dental implant procedure can replace the missing tooth root and anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures in place.
- Severely worn teeth as a result of acidic erosion or teeth grinding
- Complaints of head, jaw, or muscle pain that require adjustments to the bite
- Misalignment: Although the alignment of teeth is most often corrected with orthodontics, adjustments can sometimes be made through practices used in full mouth reconstruction. Porcelain veneers can make the teeth appear straighter, while crowns may be used to correct a patient’s bite.
The Benefits of Reconstruction
The benefits of having strong, able teeth are invaluable. In addition to boosting one’s health and confidence, reconstruction gives patients the ability to smile, talk, and simply chew without pain or worry. Here are just a few advantages our patients receive from undergoing full mouth reconstruction.
- Healthy teeth and gums: Perhaps most importantly, reconstructing damaged or lost teeth is an excellent way to improve one’s health. It promotes the efficiency with which you eat and chew, proper usage of jaw muscles, and dental hygiene. Furthermore, it prevents further infection and disease, while keeping your other teeth straight and in place. Dental problems only lead to more health problems when left untreated.
- A true confidence booster: Imagine how much confidence our patients gain after knowing they have a beautiful, healthy, improved smile. Friends and family will undoubtedly notice the aesthetic improvement from a full mouth reconstruction, but more importantly, you’ll feel it. Smiling for pictures will no longer be embarrassing; it will be a chance to show off!
- General health benefits: Not everyone realizes just how influential our mouth is on the rest of our body’s health. Full mouth reconstruction has been linked to improvements in weight, sleep, head pain, and even heart disease. Of course, bad breath is also much easier to manage with a healthy mouth.
Friends and family will undoubtedly notice the aesthetic improvement from a full mouth reconstruction, but more importantly, you’ll feel it.
If you and Dr. Newman decide that mouth reconstruction is the right course of action to take, he will examine your mouth to determine which combination of procedures will set you up for the result you’re expecting. He will specifically assess
- The condition of your teeth. It is important to note whether you have any decay, cavities, heavy wear, or cracks to determine if porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or dental bridges will be needed.
- The condition of your gums. If your gums are unhealthy, treatments for periodontal diseases may be required. Your gums will also be inspected for deep pockets and other irregularities.
- The condition of your bite. If you are unable to chew or close your mouth without feeling pain or causing particularly harsh wear on your teeth, you may need to undergo orthodontic care before additional reconstructive work can be done.
- The aesthetics of your teeth. The way your teeth, gums, lips, and mouth appear together is often one of the greatest payoffs of mouth reconstruction. The size and proportion as well as the shape and color of your teeth are all important factors in your treatment.
Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover
Mouth reconstruction differs most from a smile makeover in that it is often implemented for the sake of the necessity of oral health, while a smile makeover is an elective procedure.
Beyond enhancing the appearance of your mouth and teeth, a full mouth reconstruction is designed to enhance their durability, function, and overall health.
If your oral health is at risk and you are interested in gathering more information about the benefits of a mouth reconstruction, please contact our office online or call us at (615) 385-3507 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Newman as soon as possible. We offer sedation to make this procedure as comfortable as possible.