Do I Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

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Functional teeth are a part of a healthy life that many of us take for granted. Missing teeth due to damage or a genetic condition can mean difficulty performing daily tasks like chewing and eating. The good news is that modern dentistry allows for restoration, no matter how advanced the issue is. Even individuals with no teeth at all can find their smile again with full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Rigby is an experienced prosthodontist who is skilled at providing full mouth reconstruction to those who need it most. Check out our Smile Gallery to see before and after photos of Dr. Rigby’s actual patients!

What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction is the term given to replacement of all missing or damaged teeth. If you have suffered from injury, tooth decay, or other incidents that have led to multiple missing teeth, you are a good candidate for reconstruction. Those with genetic conditions that lead to missing teeth or bone loss are also good candidates. These include conditions like ectodermal dysplasia, cleidocranial dysplasia, ameliogenesis, or dentinogenisis imperfecta. After a full mouth reconstruction you’ll have a beautiful, natural-looking smile that restores function and appearance.

How Long Does It Take?

The answer to this question varies widely depending on your needs. There are many options for tooth replacements, including dentures, crowns and dental implants. At minimum, this process will take several appointments, including an initial consultation.

How Much Does It Cost?

Again, this depends on the materials used and your particular health needs. A consultation will help us assess the timeline and cost of your treatment. We offer several financing options for more costly procedures, including dental insurance and CareCredit.

Is It Right for Me?

Have you been embarrassed about missing teeth? Do you have pain because of cracked or broken teeth? Are you unable to eat your favorite foods? If you answered yes to any of these questions then come in for a consultation. If you’re not sure if full mouth reconstruction is right for you, we have answers to your questions. Don’t put off having a healthy and happy smile! Call us today.

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What Procedures Does a Prosthodontist Do?

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What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in tooth replacement and restoration. In addition to regular dental school, prosthodontists must attend three extra years of training, in which they learn how to best restore your smile. Here are Rigby Advanced Dental, Dr. Rigby, DDS, MS, helps people every day with his training as a prosthodontist. Prosthodontists like Dr. Rigby must keep up with the latest research and literature about advanced methods for restoring your smile.

Who needs a prosthodontist?

You might need a prosthodontist if you have missing teeth that you’d like to replace, already have dentures, are interested in getting dentures, or just want a nicer smile in general. As we age our smile tends to degrade, so it is very common for people over sixty to see a prosthodontist.

What procedures can a prosthodontist provide me?

Dr. Rigby is experienced in dental rehabilitation, and he performs these procedures regularly:

  • Dentures & Partial Dentures: Dentures are a natural-looking, removable way to improve your smile and bite. Dentures fill in the space created by missing teeth, giving you back your smile.
  • Dental Implants: Implants are a permanent, durable, and preferred method for replacing a missing tooth, in which a metal post is inserted into to the jawbone and supports a crown which is cemented on to create a natural-looking tooth.
  • Bridges: Dental bridges help “bridge” the gap from a missing tooth with support from natural teeth on either side of the gap.
  • Crowns & Veneers: Crowns and veneers serve as coverings for damaged teeth. Crowns cover the whole tooth, while veneers cover only a tooth’s front surface, visible to others.

If you think you might need to see a prosthodontist, give our friendly office staff a call today at (512) 992-2822 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rigby.

Prosthodontics or General Dentistry – What’s The Difference?

If you are looking for a quality cosmetic dentist in Bee Cave, Dr. Rigby provides advanced dental care from dental implants to full mouth reconstructions. Sometimes dentistry can feel overwhelming by all the strange terminology being thrown around, and just like most other medical fields, dentists also have different specialties that require extra training and studies for specific health needs. Dr. Rigby provides the Hill Country area with comprehensive general dental care and he specializes in prosthodontics.

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What Is All-On-4 or Teeth-In-A-Day?

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Austin, TX we strive to bring our patients the most up-to-date techniques and long lasting restorations. One such advancement we are happy to offer is full arch immediate load implant supported prostheses.  Dental implants have changed the treatment options available in dentistry over the last 15-20 years. They have been nothing less than a miracle in the replacement of teeth whether it be a single tooth, multiple teeth, or as anchor and support for a denture. As any technology matures, new advancements and techniques come into the fold. One of those newer procedures is called All-On-4 Dental Implants. This dental procedure allows for the placement of four dental implants in an arch (hence the name all-on-4 dental implants), and a screw retained full arch restoration to be placed on the same day. Patients leave the office with secured teeth. For this reason the all-on-4 dental implant technique is also called “Teeth-In-A-Day“.

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Prosthodontic Full Mouth Rehabilitation in Austin, Texas

One of the common treatments patients seek out and discuss here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX is the need for Full Mouth Reconstruction (FMR). Also commonly referred to as Full Mouth Rehabilitation or Full Mouth Restoration.  No matter what you call it, all of these terms describe the same process and can be used interchangeably when one is considering rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.

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A Little About Rigby Advanced Dental

Welcome to Rigby Advanced Dental’s blog.  Here is a quick video we recently filmed to introduce and explain a little about our office to the fine residents of Bee Cave, Lakeway, Barton Creek, Dripping Springs and other areas of Lake Travis, TX.  Our office is located in The Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, TX.  Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Caring For Your Dentures

Dentures today are made from very advanced materials designed to give you a natural appearance. However, keep in mind that just like your teeth, dentures should be cared for with the same diligence. This means daily brushing and regular visits to your dentist. Regular visits to your dentist are critical. Your dentist also can make minor adjustments that ensure that your dentures continue fitting naturally and comfortably. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleansed of plaque, food particles and other debris. Keeping your dentures in top shape will also help keep the soft tissues of your mouth healthy; an unclean or malformed denture can cause infections and irritation.

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Understanding Dental Credentialing.

Every year, more and more people choose Rigby Advanced Dental and prosthodontics for their restorative dentistry. Those that do, truly experience the difference. However, thanks to some creative marketing schemes and weekend education courses, consumers are often mislead about the credentials of some dental practitioners.

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Rigby Advanced Dental Offers Cosmetic Restorations

Rigby Advanced Dental offers an advanced look at your mouth and its needs. Cosmetic restorations are a way to cover (hide) natural or acquired defects int the mouth.  If cosmetic dentistry is your focus, Dr. Brent Rigby can help. He often recommends a cosmetic consultation and cosmetic diagnostic work-up. This work-up will include taking impressions of your teeth and Dr. Rigby doing a mock-up of what the restorations could potentially look like. Dr. Rigby will sit down with you and discuss any necessary treatments and make sure all your questions are answered prior to performing any definitive treatment. Here is a little information on the different types of cosmetic treatments available from Rigby Advanced Dental.

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Rigby Advanced Dental Offers Custom Specialty Dentures!

Custom dentures is one thing Rigby Advanced Dental of Bee Cave and Lakeway, TX excels at.  We offer a variety of denture products, services and as always involve our patients in the treatment decisions. Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth, and are worn by millions of Americans. Technological advancements have resulted in dentures that are lightweight and mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Most dentures are made from a combination of metals and synthetic material such as acrylic resin.

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