Cosmetic dentistry aims to create a positive change and bring that big, bright, beautiful smile on people’s faces. Dental procedures that have been advancing and developing through the years have made it possible to obtain a full-mouth restoration as a way to make positive changes to the appearance of patients, complementing overall general and oral health.
What is Full Mouth Restoration?
Full mouth restorations are also called full mouth reconstructions that refer to rebuilding or replacing all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. It combines aesthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and beauty of the mouth.
Some of the most common issues that are repaired during a complete dental restoration are:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Missing teeth
- Cavities and decay
- The loss of tooth enamel
Who Needs a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
The vision of the final result from a full dental restoration is to comprehensively treat dental problems throughout the mouth to improve both function and aesthetics.
Patients that are dealing with multiple missing teeth, numerous teeth with large fillings that are exhibiting decay, or badly worn teeth due to bruxism (teeth grinding) or other habits.
There are also patients who were born with conditions like Ectodermal Dysplasia, Amelogenesis, or Dentinogenesis Imperfecta that will need very extensive dental restoration.
Procedures Involved with a Full Mouth Restoration
The specific dental needs and desires of a patient determine what type of dental procedure will be performed. Your dentist will give you the details and provide you with a customized action plan for your full mouth restoration after a thorough assessment of your mouth.
Expect some of these procedures to be included:
- Fillings – damaged teeth from decay can be restored with fillings to ease pain and prevent further damage, restoring teeth to their normal function
- Root canals – for repairing and saving for extensively damaged or infected teeth that have reached the roots
- Crowns – they protect an existing tooth that has been broken, chipped, cracked, or damaged by decay. They have a metal body custom and are covered by a thin tooth-colored porcelain layer to match the color of the other teeth.
Porcelain crowns can offer a greater strength and durability than veneers but demand a bigger damage of the enamel layer. All porcelain crowns or zirconia crowns are more aesthetic and biocompatible with the gum tissue.
- Dental implants – they are long-lasting restorations that replace the roof of a missing tooth with a metal root. The implant is fixed to the jawbone, serving as a solid and permanent foundation for an artificial tooth. They could be made of titanium or zirconia.
- Oral surgery – performed for a number of reasons including impacted teeth that need to be removed or if you have issues with your jaw that oral surgery can correct to improve the overall function and look of your teeth
- Teeth whitening or bleaching – involves the use of an active bleaching ingredient that is convenient for the patient to use and is done to solve the aesthetic and psychological problems caused by the dissatisfaction of the teeth’s natural color. The most effective procedures are professional dental bleaching and laser teeth whitening.
- Dental bonding – for discolored, chipped, oddly shaped, or gapped teeth where a tooth-colored dental composite plastic material is applied on the surface of the tooth and shaped or sculpted into the proper shape, size, and contour. In many cases, this is used to make teeth look longer, to change the shape or to cover a part of the tooth’s root in case it is exposed to gum recession.
- Bite reconstruction and Splint therapy – helps to counteract the occurred damage a pathology bite is causing the jaws and in the mouth. A splint or mouth guard are custom-made for guiding the jaws as it moves front-to-back and side-to-side. They come in different types like:
- Mandibular splints
- Full coverage splints
- Anterior deprogrammers
You Deserve To Smile Through a Complete Dental Restoration
Every dental patient deserves to be pleased with his or her smile. Explore your options for a full mouth restoration and decide which procedure is best for you. Your teeth will be stronger and healthier with a Hollywood-worthy smile that you’ve always dreamed of.