Full mouth reconstruction involves a series of treatments to rebuild the appearance and health of your smile. This combines cosmetic treatments with general and restorative dentistry for a full restoration of your smile’s beauty, function, and longevity.
What Treatments are Included in Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Treatments that may be included in full mouth reconstruction include:
- Crown lengthening
- Dental implants
- Teeth whitening
- Periodontal treatment
- Oral surgery
Common Reasons for Full Mouth Reconstruction
There are several reasons why patients come to us for a full mouth reconstruction. The most common reasons for full mouth reconstruction include:
Sudden trauma to the mouth can severely damage your teeth, potentially knocking out a large portion of your smile. After such an injury, full mouth reconstruction may be needed to restore the appearance and function of the smile. Mouth injuries may also damage the jaw, which can be addressed with a full mouth reconstruction.
Long-Term Acid Exposure
Long-term acid exposure causes tooth erosion. This may occur in patients who frequently drink acidic drinks, such as wine and soda, over a prolonged period. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can also cause tooth erosion by forcing acid into the mouth. Chronic conditions and the eating disorder, bulimia, can also cause erosion. Acid exposure can affect many of the teeth at the same time, often creating the need for full mouth reconstruction.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is caused by a serious bacterial infection. Left untreated, periodontitis can severely damage the gums and the tooth structure. This can lead to extensive tooth loss. Patients who lose a significant number of teeth due to periodontitis may require mouth reconstruction.
Patients with severe tooth decay may need full mouth reconstruction due to substantial tooth loss. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that damage the tooth enamel. This leads to cavities that, when left untreated, can cause teeth to fall out.
If you have a severely damaged smile, contact 19th Avenue Dental today to learn more about full mouth reconstruction.