Are You a Candidate for Mouth Restoration?

If you’ve lost teeth over time, are taking medication that is causing you to lose more teeth, if your teeth have been filled and crowned, and even those repairs are now breaking down, it may be time to consider full mouth restoration.

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

“Sometimes this type of restoration 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. Carol Ford, who has participated in many full mouth 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, in what steps the work 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. Necessary repairs, such as replacing fillings and crowns, strengthen the teeth that are still healthy and well supported by bone. If teeth are worn or crooked, a decision is made to remove or straighten them with braces. If teeth are removed, necessary bone grafts may be done to produce enough bone for implants.

A full mouth restoration corrects the relationship 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.”

Bone and muscle support each other. 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. Restoring your teeth corrects bite and can even relieve the damage of grinding.

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.

“A bright smile is not to be taken lightly,” says Dr. Ford. “A first impression is important, and can’t be done over. Even though we value inner beauty, we react to a smile automatically. We are hard wired to return smiles. And a smile that shows careful upkeep is an asset in both social and work situations.”


 

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