Restore Teeth with Reconstruction

Too often when a person damages or loses a tooth, they mistakenly assume they are doomed to a life of increasing problems with smiling, eating, and speaking. It doesn’t have to be that way! Cosmetic dentists are experts in dental reconstruction – the art and science of restoring your mouth to its natural level of appearance and function through the use of restorative techniques.

If you’re experiencing challenges with your natural teeth, consult with your cosmetic dentist about what level of dental reconstruction might make sense for you. Here’s a quick list of what your provider can do, ranging from the correction of minor to very significant issues.

From minor to major repairs: a basic guide to dental reconstruction

  1. Fillings and crowns can preserve natural teeth that need help. Decaying, chipped or cracked teeth can become badly infected. Fillings (including inlays and onlays) and crowns can repair the damage and preserve the tooth’s structure.
  2. Aesthetic procedures can enhance the appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers for the teeth in your “smile zone” and gum sculpturing can dramatically improve the harmony and beauty of your smile.
  3. Problems with your gums and your bite can be treated. Treating problems with your gums and your bite can be a critical part of dental reconstruction. You may be referred to a periodontist to receive scaling and root planing and other treatments to improve the health of your gums. If you have problems with the way your teeth fit together in your mouth, an orthodontist may fit you with braces to align your teeth properly.
  4. If you’ve lost teeth, implants can be a permanent solution. Implants to replace a lost tooth can help preserve bone in your jaw and can allow you to chew and speak more naturally than removable dentures. If you have lost an entire arch of teeth, you can receive an entire set of Implant-supported overdentures through the “All-on-Four” implant process. In many cases, the overdentures can be delivered in a single procedure, known as “Teeth in a Day.”

“Dental reconstruction can sound scary or overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in the Biltmore area of central Phoenix. “Consult with your provider to find out how a coordinated series of reconstructive procedures can dramatically improve the look and function of your teeth and gums!”

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