A dental cleaning is the perfect opportunity to catch up with your dentist. Yes really, catch up. Your average dentist loves it when their patients have healthy teeth that need little more than a light scrub. This is why preventative measures like routine checkups are so important.Patients with healthy teeth can spend the bulk of…
Achieve Good Oral Health From A Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction can be a lifesaver for patients that have severely decayed or damaged teeth. The process combines different restorative dental treatments to address all the issues affecting teeth that are in bad shape. Damaged teeth do not just ruin the appearance of a person's smile, but they also negatively impact the person's oral and general health. For example, misaligned teeth can be more difficult to clean increasing the person's risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Gum disease increases the person's risk of health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
How a full mouth reconstruction works
The process of a full mouth reconstruction aims to improve the patient's health by addressing damaged or decayed teeth that are negatively impacting the patient's health. Damaged teeth affect a person's life in multiple ways. For example, it can limit the person's ability to stick to a nutritious diet if their ability to chew and breakdown foods is compromised by damaged teeth. It can also force the person to swallow bigger chunks of food, leading to gastrointestinal issues.
A full mouth reconstruction starts with a consultation with a dentist. During the appointment, the dentist will examine the patient's mouth, looking for signs of damage or decay. Tests like x-rays are used to analyze what is going on underneath the patient's gums. Depending on the dentist's findings, other tests like CT scans might be ordered.
Procedures used to restore the function of damaged teeth and improve a patient's oral health include:
- Braces: These orthodontic appliances are the go-to way to address misaligned teeth. It involves cementing brackets and wires to the patient's teeth, slowly pushing them to a better alignment. Straighter teeth prevent gaps where bacteria could build up.
- Clear aligners: Clear aligners provide a more discreet way to straighten teeth. It uses transparent clear aligner trays to push the patient's teeth towards a better alignment. Aligners reduce gaps and straighten crooked teeth, thus preventing the potential of bacteria build-up.
- Composite bonding: Composite bonding is one of the most affordable ways to fix damaged teeth. It does not require permanent alterations being made to the tooth. The putty-like resin is applied to the tooth directly and molded as desired. Bonding protects the tooth against decay and damages.
- Crowns: Crowns are used to cover up and protect damaged teeth. The installation of a crown requires the removal of enamel so the restoration fits perfectly. The crown restores the function of the damaged tooth and improves its appearance.
- Implants: These are a popular way to replace missing teeth. They help to prevent the bone tissue breakdown that occurs when a person loses a tooth, which goes a long way in ensuring good oral health.
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