Full mouth reconstruction can restore your natural, youthful smile, but it moves beyond the aesthetic aspects of cosmetic dentistry to correct a mouthful of problems that could adversely impact your overall dental health.
If you’re in need of more than a smile makeover, a comprehensive exam with experienced St. Joseph cosmetic dentist Dr. Sven Erickson will determine the extent of your damage and provide the foundation for a treatment plan custom-made to leave you with a confident, healthy smile.
Full mouth reconstruction is a series of procedures designed to restore teeth in both your upper and lower jaws, correct bite conditions, rejuvenate unhealthy gums, and treat jaw and joint disorders among other problems.
Full mouth reconstruction can include:
Depending on the specifics of your condition, full mouth reconstruction may also entail the use of tooth bonding, dental bridges and orthodontic devices
Chipped or fractured teeth. Prematurely worn or decayed teeth. Bite conditions. Teeth spacing problems. Eroded or overgrown gums. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Individually, these issues may seem relatively minor and straightforward to remedy. Compounded, they can contribute to painful dental problems that can also compromise your overall health.
Damaged teeth, for example, may expose tooth pulp and feature cracks extending into the roots, which can cause severe discomfort as well as a loss of tooth functionality. Jaw and joint problems, including TMD, can be an effect of bite conditions such as overbite, underbite and crossbite, which can also lead to abnormal wear on your teeth.
In cases of spaced or crowded teeth and unhealthy gums, periodontal disease becomes a concern. In addition to contributing to teeth shifting and tooth decay, progressive gum disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream and play a role in a wide range of serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
Dr. Erickson uses the latest dental technology to check for cavities, assess tooth wear and decay, detect joint and muscle problems, look for bone density irregularities, examine your gums for excessive or insufficient tissue, and determine your proper jaw and teeth positioning.
Your full mouth reconstruction exam will focus on your oral health as well as how your facial features relate to your desired future smile, and include the use of X-rays, digital images and teeth impressions to provide a complete picture of your specific dental problems and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to restore both the appearance and functionality of your teeth.
Before beginning a full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Erickson will discuss the individual procedures necessary with you in detail, explain any potential risks and side effects, and answer your questions about cosmetic dentistry techniques involved in your treatment.
In addition to revealing the depth of your dental damage, you full mouth reconstruction exam will determine the specific combination of procedures needed to correct your individual conditions.
If your gums are unhealthy, you might need scaling or root planing. Bite conditions may require orthodontics to bring your teeth and jaws into proper alignment. In some cases, porcelain veneers will be recommended to improve the appearance of misaligned or discolored teeth; other cases may require dental inlays, dental onlays or crowns to strengthen and protect your existing teeth. Dental bridges or dental implants can be used to replace lost teeth.
Regardless of the procedures involved, Dr. Erickson will map out a custom full mouth reconstruction treatment plan that will revitalize your smile and restore your oral health.
If you think you might be a candidate for full mouth reconstruction, please contact the experienced team at Modern Dentistry Associates, serving patients in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Elkhart, Indiana.