Oral health suffers when one or multiple systems of the mouth cease to function properly. Many patients suffer from dental problems requiring extensive treatment. Associated issues include missing teeth, teeth worn down from grinding, teeth with large fillings, and cracked or broken teeth. Sometimes, if the problem or problems are bad enough, full mouth restoration is required.
Full mouth restoration refers to rebuilding and/or replacing of teeth within a patient’s mouth. It’s a process of using esthetics and restorative dentistry to improve oral health, mouth function, and appearance.
Surgery, of any kind, can be a bit overwhelming. Understanding available treatment doesn’t have to be complicated and we’re here to help. Let’s discuss various procedure options for full mouth restorations.
Metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic crowns cover or “cap” teeth to restore their function and appearance. Crowns, typically, are for teeth that:
- Have large fillings
- Had a previous root canal
- Are fractured
- Are worn from grinding
- Are misshapen
- Are discolored
When a tooth is missing, a fixed bridge technique is very often used. First, teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth are prepared to receive a crown. Next, the false tooth is fixed to the crowns. Finally, the complete bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth. The bridge is then permanent.
Porcelain veneers help the shape or color of teeth. Typically, veneers are used with teeth that are mainly intact, but perhaps misshapen or discolored. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are etched and then bonded to a tooth’s enamel.
Sometimes, when teeth are missing, doctors recommend dental implants. These are metal cylinders made of titanium surgically implanted in the jawbone to cover gaps left by the missing tooth. These implants replace the roots of missing teeth and assist single crowns, large bridges, and dentures.
We hope you found this information helpful. To discuss your individual oral health, contact us today for an appointment.