4 Ways To Gain Functionality Back After A Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction is a dental process that is performed to rebuild damaged teeth and to restore their function. It allows the patient to smile, speak and chew normally again. Full mouth reconstructions usually involve combining multiple dental treatments to address all the issues plaguing the person's teeth.
How full mouth reconstruction restores the functionality of teeth
During a full mouth reconstruction, the dentist will likely start with the teeth that are most damaged and save the minor problems for last. By the time the process is complete, the patient should have an aesthetically pleasing and fully functional mouth.
Outlined below are some of the ways a full mouth reconstruction can restore the functionality of teeth.
1. Replaces missing teeth
Restorations like implants, dentures and bridges can be used during a full mouth reconstruction to replace the patient's missing.
- Dental implants: Implants are one of the most beneficial ways to replace missing teeth since these go right into the patient's jaw and serve as artificial roots. The implant fuses with bone tissues around it via a process known as osseointegration, which creates a solid base for any restoration attached to the implant. Implants can be fitted with crowns, bridges or dentures.
- Dental bridges: Bridges are used to close up gaps left by missing teeth. The standard way to install a bridge is to connect it to the two teeth closest to both ends of the gap. These are called abutment teeth and they are usually covered with crowns to give them extra stability. The other component of dental bridges is the artificial teeth that are attached to the abutments. These can be color-matched with the patient's teeth to create a natural look.
- Dentures: Dentures are an economical way to replace missing teeth, and the entire process can take less than two weeks. Dentures have a framework that sits on the wearer's gums and is held in place by suction. Attached to the appliance are artificial teeth that are designed to look natural in the patient's mouth.
2. Fixes damaged teeth
Restorations like composite bonding and crowns can be used during a full mouth reconstruction to rebuild damaged teeth and to restore their function. Crowns are used for the most severely-damaged teeth since these restorations can handle the bite forces generated when chewing, while also protecting what is left of the damaged tooth.
3. Improves teeth alignment
Having better-aligned teeth improves the function of a patient's teeth. Orthodontic appliances like braces and clear aligners are often used during full mouth reconstructions to correct teeth alignment issues like overbites, crooked teeth, spaces between teeth, underbites and overjets.
4. Saves compromised teeth
Procedures like root canal therapy can be used during a full mouth reconstruction to save an infected tooth or one with a compromised pulp chamber. The tooth is typically covered up with a crown to restore its function after the treatment.
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