Farmington Hills dentist discusses the process of full mouth reconstruction
By Dr. Richard Bernstein
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction, sometimes called a smile makeover, is a series of services and treatment that will completely rejuvenate the smile. Often a combination of both restorative and cosmetic procedures, full mouth reconstructions are designed to improve function and overall aesthetics. For some people, it may be as straightforward as replacing missing teeth with one of our many options such as dentures, bridges, or implants. In other cases, it may include a combination of cosmetic treatments such as bonding, veneers, or whitening. Before getting started with a full mouth reconstruction, we sit down with every patient and come up with a personalized treatment plan that is uniquely designed to help him or her have the healthier, more attractive smile that they desire.
The consultation process
During our comprehensive consultation, we’ll discuss whatever concerns there are about the smile and ideal goals. This allows us to come up with a list of recommended treatments designed to achieve the outcome our patient desires. Below are some examples of the most common treatments integrated into our full mouth reconstructions:
Full or partial dentures – Dentures are a common, affordable way of replacing missing teeth. Conventional dentures are held in place with either suction and/or dental adhesive, while implant supported dentures are attached to a titanium post that is integrated into the jawbone. Both solutions will restore the appearance and functionality of the smile after tooth loss.
Dental Implants – Implants are replacements for tooth root that are placed into the jawbone. They are the closest tooth replacement option to natural teeth. Once the implant is in place, the jawbone will fuse around it for supreme stability. To finish the restoration, a crown or dentures can be attached to the implant, depending on the number of teeth missing.
Tooth-colored fillings – Cavities happen to many individuals, but they don’t need to have an impact on the appearance of the smile. Tooth-colored fillings are strong, natural looking, and long-lasting. Unlike silver amalgam fillings which can contain up to 50% mercury, tooth-colored fillings are made of a safe, biocompatible composite material.
Dental Bridges – For individuals who are missing several teeth in a row, dental bridges can be a great option to reconstruct the material. The appliance consists of two dental crowns that cover the teeth adjacent to the gap. Attached to the crowns are artificial teeth which sit on top of the gumline and fit into the gap. Unlike dentures which are removable, dental bridges are considered a fixed restoration because they stay in place.
Dental Bonding – Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or discolored can be fixed with dental bonding. Using a composite resin material, we can alter the shape and appearance of the tooth to match surrounding teeth. The quick, affordable procedure can greatly improve cosmetic flaws on visible teeth.
Inlays and Onlays – For large cavities, we may recommend inlays or onlays. These porcelain restorations are larger than fillings but more conservative than dental crowns.
Teeth Whitening – Perhaps the most common cosmetic enhancement we provide, teeth whitening can dramatically improve the smile in very little time. Professional teeth whitening lifts deep set-in stains to reveal a vibrant white smile. In-office and at-home options allow patients to choose whichever method is more suitable to their needs.
We’re Here to Help You
If you are bothered by certain aspects of your smile, make a consultation to find out if full mouth reconstruction might be right for you. We’re happy to sit down with you to discuss your concerns and come up with a plan that can give you a smile you truly love. To schedule your appointment, call Richard Bernstein DDS today at 248.636.2100.
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