A Smile Design Can Also Mean a Mouth Restoration

phoenix_cosmetic_dentistThe bones and muscles in your mouth support each other. When they no longer work together, because your bite is off or because you grind your teeth, you may change how you chew your food and what you eat. A bite that is off allows teeth to begin to wear in damaging ways.

“If you grind your teeth at night, you can wear your teeth right through to the nerve tissue, “ says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix dental office. “If you have already damaged your teeth, a full-mouth restoration may be needed to correct your bite and to repair the damage caused by grinding,“ she continues.

A mouth restoration includes work to your teeth, gums, and jawbone by repairing remaining teeth that are still healthy, and replacing those teeth that are missing or damaged beyond repair.

“A mouth restoration often requires a team of professionals—your dentist will guide the team that may include a periodontist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon—to create a series of consultations that lead to a restored mouth,” says Dr. Ford, who has participated in many full mouth dental restorations in Phoenix.

Once the team has met you and examined your teeth, taken X-rays, and made tooth impressions, they will develop a plan.  Your dentist will walk you through the recommendations, the steps for the work that will be done, how long it will take, and, of course, the costs. (Read more of the steps involved in full mouth restoration.)

A restoration begins with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums, and an examination of the tooth length and root health. Repairs at this stage are made to strengthen the teeth that are still healthy and well supported by bone. If teeth are removed, necessary bone grafts are done to produce enough bone for implants or dentures.

A full mouth restoration creates the right balance between teeth, gums, muscles and bones. “Your mouth is a complex machine that is involved in speaking, eating, digestion, sneezing, kissing and laughing,” points out Dr. Ford. “Those are the common actions that make up your daily life, and they need to be protected to give you the most out of life,” she continues.

A full-mouth restoration is not to be done without a good deal of planning, but the benefits are well worthwhile—a healthy mouth, restored function for biting and chewing, and a smile with even, straight, well-spaced and white teeth.

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