- Are many of your teeth worn out ?
- Have a history of grinding your teeth (bruxism) ?
- Too many large fillings or broken teeth ?
- Faulty caps and bridges ?
- Missing too many teeth ?
- Can’t bite evenly ?
- Faulty partial plates ?
- Severe periodontal disease ?
- Have a history of eating disorder or chronic reflux disease (heart burn) ?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for full mouth reconstruction. These conditions not only affect self confidence and comfort. As a matter of fact, every time you eat or your teeth come together, the teeth sustain more damage. Years of grinding, stomach acids, and neglect can cause the loss of the enamel, the most protective layer of the teeth. With no or little enamel, the teeth become more prone to damage from what otherwise would be normal daily functions.
When it comes to Reconstructive Dentistry, You NEED a PROsthodontist
In the case shown here, our patient presented with worn out dentition, missing teeth, faulty caps, large fillings, in addition to a gummy smile.
With a combination of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, we were able to transform his smile and oral condition to optimal health. Treatment included the following:
- Plastic cosmetic periodontal re-contouring (gum lift) to fix the gummy smile
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Porcelain crowns on upper teeth
- Porcelain veneers on lower front teeth
The ability to change lives through comprehensive care is truly a wonderful part of prosthetic dentistry. Prosthodontists are THE dental specialists with the best training and knowledge to tackle these complex cases. There are many challenges that face the practitioner when handling such cases and this is why you should only trust your care to someone with the advanced training, knowledge , and skills required for full moth reconstruction. In addition to a thorough understanding of the medical and dental implications of such treatment, the chief concerns and desires of the patient have to be understood and addressed properly. Other considerations need to be made with regard to full-arch or full-mouth comprehensive care:
- Will the care being considered be tolerated and accepted physiologically?
- Can the desired treatment be provided within the financial constraints that many patients are presenting with in the current economic times
- What will be the restorative material choice?
- Is this a case that requires a change in the patient’s existing bite ?
- If the bite needs to be opened, how much is enough? How does one know if it is too much or too little?
All these items need to be planned, controlled, and addressed carefully. Failure to follow a meticulous and disciplined treatment protocol can lead to undesired consequences and complications that are often times difficult to fix.