Restoration through Full Mouth Reconstruction
For some patients, combining several treatments into a complete restorative plan is the best way to dramatically improve their oral health and quality of life. When severe decay, deterioration, or damage affects your mouth, you can face not only pain, bad breath, or issues chewing and speaking, but a decreased level of confidence in both professional or social environments. Our team at the Harrison Dental Group can help you create a healthier, more functional, and highly aesthetic smile, even if you have widespread damage. Dr. David Harrison has over 30 years of dental experience and has helped to change many patients’ lives through full mouth reconstruction at our Fort Wayne, IN, practice.
Full mouth restoration addresses the health of your smile, first and foremost. This comprehensive treatment can restore damage caused by:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Failing dental work
- Plaque and tartar buildup
The function of your smile can also be improved, allowing you to eat, bite down, and speak comfortably. Any bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), bite alignment, or TMJ disorders will be treated to ensure any restorative work during treatment is protected and will last.
Full mouth reconstruction is not for everyone. This treatment seeks to restore the function and health of the teeth and gums after significant trauma or deterioration. Therefore, only patients who have current oral health damage or decay affecting a majority of their oral tissues will need full mouth reconstruction treatment. Patients requiring complex dental extractions, bone grafting, or other more invasive oral surgeries should be in good overall health in order to safely receive anesthesia and recover appropriately.
Full mouth reconstruction treatments seek to restore the function and aesthetics of both teeth and gums after significant trauma or deterioration.
While every oral surgery procedure contains a level of risk, older patients or patients with pre-existing medical conditions could face increased risks during the procedure and recovery period. Dr. Harrison may consider alternative treatments in these cases. As with most dental procedures, excessive tobacco use can greatly affect treatment and its long-term success, as well as damage your oral health once restorative procedures are completed. It is advised that patients who smoke discontinue before undergoing full mouth reconstruction.
Full mouth reconstruction treatments vary depending on the individual patient’s oral health and desired outcomes. This treatment combines two or more restorative procedures into one inclusive plan. Commonly combined procedures include:
- Dental fillings: Small cavities and areas of decay can be addressed with dental fillings.
- Inlays and onlays: Moderate decay affecting the chewing surfaces of the teeth may require inlays or onlays. These custom restorations fit into the tooth structure much like puzzle pieces.
- Dental crowns: These tooth-shaped caps cover damaged teeth, offering strength and reinforcement.
- Dental bridges: Consecutive tooth loss can be addressed with a dental bridge. These restorations bridge the gap in your smile, offering natural-looking results.
- Tooth extractions: Saving natural teeth is always preferable. However, there may be times when removing a damaged tooth is the only viable option.
- Bone grafts: Those with substantial jawbone atrophy may need to undergo this treatment to increase bone density and volume.
- Dental implants: Individuals missing one or more teeth can restore their smiles with dental implants. These titanium posts replace the roots of missing teeth, and can be restored with crowns, bridges, or dentures.
- Dentures: Patients who are missing several or all of their teeth can choose full or partial dentures. At our practice, we offer implant-supported dentures in addition to traditional dentures.
- Orthodontics: Braces enhance the aesthetics of your smile, but they can also improve your bite and chewing function. For this reason, orthodontic treatment is sometimes included in full mouth reconstruction.
- Root canal therapy: When a tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy is necessary to eliminate bacteria and restore your oral health.
- Periodontal care: Gingivitis and periodontitis can diminish your oral health. Gum treatments can help eliminate infection and preserve the health of your teeth and gums.
- Bruxism treatment: Those who suffer from chronic teeth grinding can have a custom oral appliance made. This device cushions the bite and places the jaw in a more favorable position.
Contact Harrison Dental Group
If you are looking to dramatically change your oral health and image, we can help. Our team has the experience and expertise that will give you a smile you will be proud to show off. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Fort Wayne-area, send our practice a message or call (260) 747-4747 to learn more about cost or to schedule your consultation today. Begin your journey to a healthier, more attractive smile today.