Full Mouth Reconstruction with Dental Implants
By Patrick Casey on July 17, 2013
There are many different options for care out there if you would like to have a smile that looks great and is healthy as well. When you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist, all of these options can be explored in great detail, giving you the ability to make empowered choices about your dental health.
When it comes to missing teeth, your dentist will have a number of options to consider, one of which is the use of dental implants to support various restorations. Let's explore this treatment as part of a full mouth reconstruction right now.
Problems Associated with Missing Teeth
When you are missing teeth, there are obvious aesthetic issues associated with gaps between teeth. Yet there are many compelling dental health and general wellness concerns to consider as well. These include:
- Problems chewing certain foods
- Speech impediments
- Gradual tooth misalignment due to changes in the dental arch
- Loss of bone density due to lack of root structure
- Gum recession due to lack of root structure
Some of these problems can be addressed in a full mouth reconstruction.
About Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction refers to a combination of multiple restorative dentistry treatments that are performed together in order to enhance overall dental health. While removable dental bridges and dentures are common for treating missing teeth, they can be supported using dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the gum tissue and jawbone. These artificial tooth roots are made of titanium, a biocompatible material, to ensure the implant will not be rejected following surgery.
Why dental implants rather than removable dental bridges and dentures?
Dental implants provide much better stability than removable dental bridges and dentures. That means little chance of slippage or falling out while in public. In addition, the dental implants will prevent bone loss and gum recession from occurring since these tissues will have something to support and and maintain density around.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
In general, the best candidates for dental implants are people who are in good health overall and have enough bone and gum tissue in place to support the implant. Since oral surgery is involved, it's important that the patient not suffer from any health conditions that would make surgery of any sort dangerous/risky.
Your candidacy for dental implants will be determined by our cosmetic and restorative dentists during your consultation.
Options for Non-Candidates
Those who are poor candidates for dental implants due to lack of bone or gum tissue can undergo another procedure to help improve density of these structures. These procedures are known as bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation. Note that not all patients will be ideal for these procedures and that these additional surgeries will add a few months to the treatment time.
Should patients not be good candidates for the tissue grafting procedures, do not fret. Your dentist will work closely with you to ensure your removable dental bridge or denture is well-designed and fits securely with your existing dental structure.
Learn More About Full Mouth Reconstruction
As you can see, a full mouth reconstruction can make a positive impact on the health and beauty of your smile. To find out if a full mouth reconstruction is right for you, be sure to contact our Westmount cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decisions about your dental health.
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