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What Are Your Dental Restorative Goals? A Full Mouth Reconstruction Plan Includes Cosmetic Procedures
A full mouth reconstruction comes with restorative, therapeutic and cosmetic benefits. It restores a patient's ability to chew and speak properly, and it can give a confidence boost. For people who have severely damaged teeth from trauma, acid erosion or tooth decay, a full mouth reconstruction might be what is needed to restore the aesthetics and function of the teeth.
How full mouth reconstruction improves aesthetics
A full mouth reconstruction is different from a smile makeover, which only aims to improve the appearance of a person's teeth, but they share many treatments. Reconstruction allows dentists to simultaneously improve the appearance of teeth while fixing damage to them and restoring their function.
Some of the treatments used during full mouth reconstruction that also have cosmetic purposes include:
- Crowns: Crowns are arguably the most used oral restorations in dentistry. These oral prosthetics cover up damaged teeth, protecting them from bite forces, saliva, acids and oral bacteria. Crowns can be matched with the color of the patient's teeth as well as its shape and size. A tooth that has been restored with a crown often looks just like a real one.
- Implants: Implants are inserted in the patient's jaw and held in place by surrounding bone tissue. It takes about six months for the implant to be fully fused in place; then a crown or some other oral restoration is attached to it. Implants are as close as it gets to a real tooth when it comes to oral restorations. The implant hinders the breakdown of bone tissue that occurs when a person loses a tooth, preserving their facial appearance.
- Veneers: Veneers are thin shells that are used to cover up the front surface of teeth. They hide all the flaws and imperfections behind them, creating the appearance of healthy-looking teeth. Veneers can be used to treat minor alignment issues, short teeth or teeth that have been badly stained by tooth decay.
- Composite bonding: Composite resins can be applied to teeth and used to make minor or moderate repairs. The composite is color-matched with the rest of the patient's teeth and it can be used to fix aesthetic issues like stained teeth. Composite resins can also be used to fill up teeth with cavities.
- Dentures: These oral restorations are the most affordable option for those who have lost most of their real teeth. They consist of a framework that rests on the wearer's gums and artificial teeth that look like real teeth. Dentures restore a person's ability to chew and speak, and they also restore the appearance of a full set of healthy teeth. Some models can be combined with implants to give patients the benefits of both.
Improve your smile with full mouth reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction goes past restoring the function of damaged teeth. It also improves your smile and facial appearance. Call or visit our Glendale clinic to learn more about the treatments that can be used to reconstruct your smile.
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