What Is Reconstructive Dentistry?

Most of us recognize that the term “reconstructive dentistry” can refer to procedures that rebuild and/or replace all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. However, cosmetic dentistry practitioners can also play a role in reconstructive dentistry, as they work to return a patient’s mouth to the natural look and the health it enjoyed when they were younger.

Here are a few answers to questions that patients frequently have about the reconstructive dentistry process and the role that cosmetic dentistry professionals play in helping patients recover their original smiles and even improve upon the original state of their natural teeth!

Reconstructive Dentistry 101

Q. Who makes a good candidate for reconstructive dentistry?
A: Anyone who has a significant number of teeth with issues that are interfering with the functioning or aesthetics of their mouth. Conditions that can be rectified by reconstructive dentistry include multiple missing teeth, cracked or broken teeth, teeth ground down by bruxism and teeth with cavities.

Q. What sorts of cosmetic dentistry services can be provided as part of reconstructive dentistry?
A: Typically, services that fall under a “full mouth reconstruction” can include onlays and tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns, dentures or dental implants, and in some cases orthodontics, or gum re-contouring services.

Q. What is the benefit of the reconstructive dentistry approach?
A: The two biggest benefits are efficiency in treatment planning (all or many of your dental issues can be addressed in short order) and cost (treatments can be delivered in a way that is cost-effective compared to one-off treatments of the same issues).

Q. What are the steps that lead up to a dental reconstruction?
A: If you are a candidate for a dental reconstruction performed by a cosmetic dentistry professional, you’ll participate in a consultation with your specialist, then receive an evaluation that will include x-rays, and finally your provider will develop a treatment plan that will lay out the procedures they suggest and a timeline for when they can be provided.

“Our goal in providing reconstructive dentistry is to ensure that our patients are once again able to eat all the foods they like to eat, and speak and smile with confidence,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentistry provider with an office in central Phoenix.


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