More than 26% of adults in the U.S. have some kind of tooth decay. About 23 million people in the country have full dentures. While there are different reasons and potential causes for these dental issues, oral health continues to be a concern, even in the most developed countries in the world.
As a dental practice, it is always our goal for our patients to keep as many of their natural teeth as possible. Unfortunately, that isn’t always a possibility depending on the oral health issues our patients might be facing.
In extreme cases, a full mouth reconstruction is necessary to restore oral health, improve a patient’s smile, and provide a better quality of life. Oral health issues should always be taken seriously. Sometimes, that involves a full-mouth reconstruction or restoration.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is a process of either replacing or rebuilding every tooth within your mouth. There are many different reasons for this procedure as well as a variety of different candidates.
Full mouth reconstruction is sometimes done for cosmetic purposes. But, depending on the oral health issues, it can also improve the health and overall functionality of your mouth.
If you have multiple teeth that are missing, extreme decay, or severely damaged teeth due to grinding, you are likely an excellent candidate for this procedure.
When Is It Needed?
If you have several missing teeth and have extensive oral decay schedule an appointment for a consultation. We will let you know if you are a candidate for full mouth reconstruction or if there are other options you could take.
Full mouth reconstruction is not only for cosmetic purposes. Letting issues like decay or infections go for too long can lead to lasting health complications, including:
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
So, when is a full mouth reconstruction needed? You should talk to a dental professional you can trust. At Godley Station Dental, our team is happy to work with you to set up an initial consultation.
What Does a Full Mouth Reconstruction Include?
This type of procedure can look different for everyone, depending on your individual needs. As stated above, there are many different reasons why someone might need a full mouth reconstruction. As a result, there are a variety of different treatment options.
Some of the most common procedures include:
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Inlays and Onlays
- Dental Implants
- Dental Veneers
In some cases, both upper and lower dentures or dental implants may be needed if all or most of your teeth need to be replaced. Dentures have come a long way in appearance and comfort. Remember, millions of people in the U.S. alone have dentures. You may even have people in your own life with dentures and you don’t even realize it.
What Are the Benefits?
There are many benefits to undergoing a full mouth reconstruction. First, it can restore your smile and help you to regain your confidence. It can also prevent other oral health issues that can put you at serious health risks.
Missing teeth can result in the loss of other teeth. It can also result in the loss of bone. This can cause the jaw and mouth to lose its natural shape and appearance. Full mouth reconstruction can prevent bone loss and restore your natural-looking smile.
Getting back your peace of mind and boosting your self-esteem is a big benefit of this procedure. Feeling confident in your smile can have life-changing effects on many aspects of your life.
Full mouth restoration will also restore proper function to your mouth. Chewing food and speaking will become easier, more natural, much more comfortable. This allows the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to be aligned properly and prevents strain on the joint which can cause pain and discomfort that can lead to other issues.
Should You Consider a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
If you have extensive decay and missing teeth and or living in pain, you may be a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction.
Before the reconstruction process even begins, you will need to have a consultation with one of our experienced doctors.
At your initial consultation, our team will walk with you through what to expect. That includes the types of procedures that will likely be needed, as well as a plan of action that is specific and customized to your individual needs. No two full mouth reconstructions are exactly alike. Everyone has different needs and different procedures are required for optimal results.
If you believe you might benefit from a full mouth reconstruction, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our team at Godley Station Dental. We pride ourselves on being trusted dentists in Pooler, GA, and the surrounding areas.