Why Would I Need Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
If you’re like most people, you only visit the dentist for routine checkups. You might have a cleaning, X-rays, and some minor procedures like fillings or bonding done. But if you need extensive dental work, you may need full-mouth reconstruction.
Full-mouth reconstruction (or full-mouth rehabilitation) involves multiple dental procedures, such as implants, crowns, bridges, and/or gum surgery. In some cases, your dentist may also have to perform a root canal.
Let’s talk about what’s involved in full-mouth reconstruction and where you can get dental evaluation and treatment that’s perfect for your teeth and overall oral health.
Teeth can become damaged or fall out for a number of reasons, including disease and trauma. Ideal candidates for full mouth rehabilitation need to be in good general health but have multiple missing or badly damaged teeth. Many full-mouth rehabilitation patients also require the replacement of existing dental restorations that have worn over time. Although most full-mouth rehabilitation plans require extensive work over multiple appointments, the result is a fully functioning mouth and excellent oral health that can last for decades.
Who Needs a Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
If you have one or more of the following dental problems, a full-mouth reconstruction may be the right solution to better oral health:
Advanced Tooth Decay
Tooth decay occurs when acids and bacteria in your mouth damage your teeth. When the decay reaches into the inner layers of your teeth, cavities or holes can begin to form. If these are left untreated, it can lead to a serious oral infection.
Unlike minor cases, which only require treatments like dental fillings, severe cases of tooth decay may need a full-mouth reconstruction. This may involve procedures like jaw repair, implants, and even tooth extractions.
Severely Crowded Teeth and Bite Problems
A full-mouth reconstruction might be recommended by your dentist to fix issues such as crowded teeth or facial imbalances. If your teeth are not positioned correctly or if your jaw is misaligned, it can lead to jaw pain, and headaches. By getting these conditions repaired, not only will your facial appearance improve, but also the way you chew, swallow, and speak.
If you’re suffering from periodontitis, also known as gum disease, it’s important to seek treatment from a dentist right away. Left untreated, this severe infection can cause extensive damage to oral tissues, including the jawbone. This can lead to tooth and bone loss.
Symptoms of periodontitis include swollen, red, and tender gums that may bleed easily. Chewing can also be painful. In advanced cases, teeth may feel loose in the mouth. Full mouth rehabilitation is a great solution for all of these issues.
Don’t wait to get help – treatment is available and it’s never too late to improve your oral health! Call Kilby Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today!
For more information check out the American Dental Association’s resource center.