You may have noticed that your teeth have gotten shorter over time, or you may be aware of your loss of chewing ability or esthetics. A full mouth rehabilitation, also called full mouth reconstruction, is a treatment option where Dr. Spencer uses several different aspects of dentistry to rebuild your smile, so it is both fully functional and beautiful.
Full mouth rehabilitations are smart choices for patients who have a lot they want to change about their smiles and who are looking for a complete transformation.
The Mouth Is a Harsh Environment
Think about everything that goes on in our mouths. Our mouth is an extremely harsh environment! Several factors can contribute both to the loss of and the wearing down of our natural teeth. Here are a few examples:
- Dental decay
- Nighttime grinding of teeth
- Erosion from acid reflux
- A diet heavy in acidic drinks (sodas, energy drinks, juices)
- Poorly aligned teeth leading to chewing interferences
- Habits such as chewing on ice or fingernails
All of these factors can contribute to the wearing down and loss of teeth. In most cases, several of these issues are present at once.
What Is the Process Like?
Full mouth rehabilitations are complex procedures that often use several aspects of dentistry. The first step to any comprehensive treatment is making sure the gums and bone supporting your teeth are healthy. Without this foundation, all restorative options will fail with time. The next important step is diagnosing what led to the problem in the first place. Sometimes this is easy to identify; sometimes, Dr. Spencer needs to see you several times over the course of a month to properly identify what is happening.
After properly diagnosing the problem, Dr. Spencer will create a customized treatment plan with you. This can involve several different dental treatment approaches, such as:
- Dental implants
- Periodontal treatment
- Gum and bone grafts
- Tooth-colored fillings
Dr. Spencer will work closely with a local lab technician to ensure that all of your problems are properly addressed and that the final result rejuvenates both the appearance and use of your new smile.
Protecting Your Investment
Dr. Spencer wants to do everything he can to make sure that your new smile lasts you for years to come. An important part of that is making sure you commit to routine dental check-ups and exams. Patients who need full mouth rehabilitations are often harder on their teeth than most. Routine cleanings and exams will help prevent any breakdown or help catch it while the problem is small.
Let Us Help You Recreate Your Smile
Dr. Spencer will happily answer any questions you have about full mouth rehabilitations. Contact us today to schedule your dental consultation!