Some of us are blessed with a perfect smile. However, these are few and far between. Even celebrities with perfect bone structure, skin, and hair often need cosmetic dentistry to turn on the brilliance of their smiles.
Even if your teeth looked and functioned optimally when you were younger, dental problems can start to appear with age. You might experience problems such as decay, breakage, gum disease, or even missing teeth. Whatever your issues, you may feel that the appearance of your smile has declined, and with it, your confidence.
When you have a number of issues with your teeth and gums, full mouth reconstruction can rescue all these dental issues and restore your teeth’s appearance and functionality.
At American Dental Clinic in San Diego, California, our expert dentist, Emmanuel Aguilar, DMD, restores function and beauty to your teeth, gums, and jaw. All of your dental issues can be resolved with a customized full mouth reconstruction plan.
What happens during full mouth reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction restores the attractiveness of your teeth and optimizes their function. Each full mouth reconstruction plan is slightly different because it depends on your needs and goals. In most cases, reconstruction involves a variety of treatments performed at specific intervals.
Following are examples of the treatments we might include in your full mouth reconstruction plan:
Dental implants are singly crafted, customized false teeth that look and function almost exactly like your own teeth. They’re a natural-looking alternative to dentures. We embed the implants in your jawbone. Implants can replace just one tooth or a whole arch.
When your tooth is badly damaged or infected, a root canal procedure may be able to save it. We try to use a root canal instead of extraction whenever possible to maintain your natural bite pattern. We may then stabilize and strengthen the tooth with a crown.
Crowns or bridges
Crowns are false-tooth caps that are the color of your natural teeth. They fit snugly over any damaged tooth or a tooth that’s been modified to stabilize a bridge. Bridges are a set of at least one false tooth surrounded by two crowns. They’re used to span the gap between one or more missing teeth. Both crowns and bridges improve your smile's appearance and function.
Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored material to fix chips or cracks or to fill a cavity. We can also add surface area to teeth that are misshapen. In some instances, we use the tooth-colored material to brighten discolored teeth.
Veneers are ultra-thin tooth covers that permanently adhere to the front surface of your teeth. Individually shaped veneers improve the appearance of discolored, misshapen, cracked, or crooked teeth. They’re also stain-resistant.
Invisalign uses clear, nearly invisible alignment trays to correct your bite. Like braces, Invisalign fixes an overbite, underbite, crossed teeth, and other misalignments. A straighter smile is not only more attractive, it puts less stress on your jaw, too.
As part of your Invisalign treatment, we offer teeth whitening to brighten up your now-straight smile. Of course, anyone can opt to whiten their teeth by up to eight shades in less than an hour with our professional-grade tooth whitening system.
Gum or bone grafting
Aging or a medical condition may have worn away your jaw bone, putting you at risk for tooth loss and infection. We offer gum and bone grafting to augment existing tissue. This can improve your oral health and your smile aesthetics. We may also recommend bone grafting before dental implants.
What happens after your full mouth reconstruction
The aftereffects of a full mouth reconstruction vary depending on the combination of treatments you received. Procedures such as dental implants or root canals might leave you with minor pain or discomfort. However, these can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief medications.
However, other treatments, like veneers and bonding, are completely pain free and relatively quick. You can expect to leave our office with a beautiful new smile.
The main aftereffect is the happiness you experience as you enjoy your beautiful, healthier smile. Full mouth reconstruction can make you feel more confident about your appearance. It also improves your oral health, since it reduces your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. When your teeth and gums are healthy, they’re easier to care for.
To learn more about our full mouth reconstruction options, contact our team today over the phone or online to set up an appointment today.