Have your teeth suffered from years of decay, dental wear, or trauma? Fixing extensive dental trouble may seem impossible, but an experienced dentist can help by creating a personalized full mouth reconstruction plan. Full mouth reconstruction combines different cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to improve the health, function, and appearance of teeth. Here are five services that your dentist may suggest in order to completely rebuild your smile.
#1: Dental Crown
Dental crowns are restorations that cover or “cap” damaged, misshapen or infected teeth to protect them from further damage. Crowns also restore the underlying tooth to its original shape, size, and function. They can be made from a variety of durable materials, although porcelain is increasingly popular due to its natural tooth color. By placing a crown over a weakened tooth, you can return to eating and speaking without worry.
#2: Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is designed to relieve severe dental pain and save teeth that are badly decayed or infected. Your dentist will clear away the damaged or infected pulp inside the tooth. Once the inner tooth is completely cleaned and dried, it will be filled with a biocompatible material and, a few weeks later, capped with a permanent crown. In addition to relieving dental pain, root canal therapy saves as much natural tooth structure as possible and helps avoids tooth extraction.
#3: Dental Implants
If you are missing a tooth, or if a damaged tooth must be extracted, dental implants can help restore your full smile. An implant is a very small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone. Once this healing process is complete, a crown can be attached to the implant, replacing the missing tooth. Multiple dental implants can also support bridges and dentures.
#4: Dental Bonding
Bonding is a cosmetic treatment that can reshape a tooth’s shape, size, and color. Your dentist will apply a natural-colored composite resin to a damaged tooth and then sculpt it into the desired shape. A special curing light is used to harden the bonding resin in place. Quick and cost-effective, bonding treatment can address:
- Chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Decayed teeth
#5: Teeth Whitening
Finally, a dentist can give your smile a Hollywood-style dazzle with professional teeth whitening. This cosmetic treatment involves applying a strong yet safe bleaching gel to your teeth then using a special heating lamp to activate and speed up the whitening process. In just an hour’s time, you can achieve a smile up to eight shades brighter! To whiten your teeth more gradually, ask your dentist about take-home teeth whitening kits.
Is Full Mouth Reconstruction Right for You?
If you have experienced severe dental damage or decay, or if your smile has various aesthetic imperfections, you may be a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. Because every smile is unique, the exact combination of treatments will depend on your specific needs and goals. However, no matter the state of your teeth, an experienced dentist can help you reclaim a functional, attractive, and confident smile once more.
About the Author
Dr. Ben Tindal is the dentist that Sarasota residents trust to restore and rejuvenate their teeth. Thanks to his special prosthodontic training, Dr. Tindal is able to bring back even the most forgone smiles so they’re able to shine brightly again. To learn more about full mouth construction, visit the Tindal Prosthodontics website or call 941-225-2520.