Full Mouth Reconstruction
Mission Valley, CA
At Cassell Dentistry, when we treat your mouth we consider the big picture because we understand that every oral system is interlinked and connected with every other system in your body. We understand how important that it be that you feel confident in your teeth, both regarding your ability to eat and speak, but also we want you to feel confident in your smile. For these reasons, we feel it is important to provide our patients with a comprehensive solution to their oral health issues. Full mouth reconstruction gives those who have experienced significant issues with tooth loss, infection, and damage to teeth, jaw bone, and gum tissue a way to restore their mouth to complete health.
Who Needs Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Anyone who has experienced significant damage to a variety of their oral faculties can benefit from full mouth reconstruction. Some examples of situations where people can benefit from full mouth reconstruction include:
- Those who have experienced widespread teeth infections (cavities).
- Those who are missing multiple teeth.
- Badly worn teeth due to poor oral health or bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding).
- Those who are born with oral health conditions like ameliogenesis, ectodermal dysplasia,
- Those who have undergone certain cancer treatments may need full mouth reconstruction to rebuild not just teeth but other structures in the oral cavity.
- Those who have suffered from severe traumatic injury.
What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
The term “full mouth reconstruction” is a pretty descriptive one and does a good job of summing up the intent of the procedure. When we have to rebuild and replace all of the teeth in the mouth, we will deem it a full mouth reconstruction. Our goal is to stabilize the health of the mouth to a point where it can continue to sustain itself with the proper care and to give it an aesthetic that you can be proud to show off when you smile.
Ways That We Rebuild Your Mouth
Full mouth reconstruction usually utilizes a variety of procedures to accomplish the end goal of a fully rebuilt and functioning mouth. As a result, we end up using some combination of the following restorative procedures to rebuild your mouth:
Direct and Indirect Restorations
Dental restorations can be broken down into two different classes: direct and indirect. Direct tooth restorations refer to restoration options that are applied directly to the teeth, like composite fillings. Indirect restorations are usually made in a dental lab or mill and later placed onto a dental implant or the tooth itself (crowns, bridges, etc.). Most of the dental restorations that we use in full mouth reconstruction are indirect.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
A great example of an indirect dental restoration is the dental inlay and onlay. Inlays and onlays are partial restorations of teeth that are used to restore broken or damaged sections of teeth. An inlay describes a dental restoration that restores less than one cusp of a tooth, whereas an onlay describes a restoration that restores one cusp or more of a single tooth. These are created to exacting specifications in a dental laboratory and placed on your tooth several weeks later. Dental inlays and onlays can be crafted from a variety of materials to meet exacting specifications depending on what tooth the restoration will restore.
Dental crowns are made to restore the crown of the tooth, which is the portion of the tooth that is above the gumline. A crown can be placed on top of one of your natural teeth, or it can be placed on top of a single dental implant. Dental crowns, like most tooth restoration options, can be crafted out of a variety of materials depending on the tooth that it will be replacing. For example: when we are replacing one of the front teeth with a dental crown we will choose an aesthetically impressive material like porcelain to craft the crown. When we are replacing one of the molars that are constantly placed under impressive bite forces, we will usually opt for a more robust restoration material like ceramics.
A dental bridge is a multiple tooth replacement restoration that is used to replace several consecutive missing teeth. A bridge can be anchored by either your natural teeth or several dental implants. Dental bridges are a permanent restoration that gives you the ability to eat and speak as you would with your natural teeth.
Dental implants represent the pinnacle of restorative dentistry. Not too long ago dental restorations never had the ability to restore the form and function of the root of teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium that encourage the bone in your jaw to grow around them, forming a strong mechanical bond with them in a process known as osseointegration. Because of this strong mechanical bond, dental implants give dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and full arch solutions a firm foundation in your jaw so that you can eat as you did when you had all of your natural teeth. Dental implants can act as the root and the crown of your natural teeth.
Dentures and partial dentures are removable tooth replacement options that restore your ability to eat and speak as you once did. Full dentures are usually held in place by denture adhesives that must be applied daily, but some dentures are implant/bar retained. Partial dentures are usually held in place with help from clasps and wires that are connected to the surrounding teeth or dental restorations.
Every Full Mouth Reconstruction is Different
No one has the same dental issues, which means that we custom tailor every single full mouth restoration to each patient. We understand ho hard it can be to have to deal with oral health issues that make it hard to eat, speak, and smile. When you come to us, you can rest assured that you have the very best team in restorative dentistry working hard to give you the full functionality of your mouth back.
Please call us today at 619-220-7475 to schedule an appointment or a no obligation consultation. We look forward to giving you a smile that you can be proud of!