Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth restoration involves reconstructing all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws through the use of restorative materials like crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures and hybrid prostheses (Prettau Implant Bridge), and in many cases requires the use of dental implants. Mouth reconstruction not only restores excellent esthetics to a patient’s smile, but is also a necessary treatment performed to preserve the patient’s oral health and functionality.
This complex rebuilding requires a full depth of training, knowledge and experience on the part of your dentist. He must consider all aspects of the dental condition, which includes not only the teeth, but also the surrounding anatomy of the facial skeleton, oral and facial musculature, and the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). For the most successful, effective treatment, your dentist must also use only the latest, most advanced forms of technology.
This treatment may be performed on patients who have missing or severely damaged teeth caused by:
- Injury or fracture
- Acid erosion
- Tooth grinding
Having missing teeth often leads to serious dental problems and can significantly inhibit a patient’s ability to eat and speak. It is important to seek restorative treatment for any missing teeth, but especially when most or all of the teeth are damaged.
Prosthetic Dental Restoration Options
There are many different treatment options available for patients requiring reconstruction. Each type of dental restoration offers its own benefits and several treatments may be combined to complete a full mouth restoration. Your dentist will determine the best plan for you after evaluating the condition of your teeth, gums, temporomandibular joints, bite and facial skeleton.
There is a wide variety of prosthetic materials and restorative techniques that are commonly used to replace damaged or missing teeth. These materials and techniques allow for prostheses to be permanently fixed or cemented into place, or removable and temporary. They may replace individual teeth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth. Some of these include:
The Prettau Implant Bridge
One of the newest advancements to dentistry is the development of the the Prettau Zirconia Implant Bridge. If you are missing teeth, have poor teeth with continual problems, or ill-fitting dentures, this is the ideal restoration. Zirconia is one of the strongest materials in dentistry today. In fact, it is actually a metal found on the periodic table of elements. It, however, does not have the appearance of most metals and can be made to look like natural teeth and gum tissue. The Prettau Implant Bridge has so much to offer, and can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life, happiness, and self-esteem. This restoration is not only very strong, durable, and won’t chip, but also offers superior aesthetics. It is also fixed (not removable) to dental implants placed into the jaw, offering stability and function similar to natural teeth. At Davis Dental, we are continually committed to offering our patients the latest and best dentistry available on the market. Not only do we restore the patient’s smile with the Prettau Implant Bridge here at Davis Dental, but we are able to perform the surgical portion (implant placement, bone grafting, and sedation) as well. The entire procedure is done from start to finish at our office, maintaining consistency from the treatment plan, to the surgery, and to the final prosthesis, ensuring the most consistent and excellent outcome.
Dental crowns are individual prosthetic teeth used to replace missing or severely damaged teeth. Crowns are placed with cement as a cap over an existing tooth, or are attached to a dental implant (titanium implant root) to replace a missing tooth. The actual crown can be made from metal, porcelain or a combination of the two and provide a natural-looking replacement. Crowns provide a strong, sturdy, aesthetically pleasing replacement that can withstand the same pressures as a regular tooth, letting patients enjoy the convenience of eating, speaking and smiling without any problems.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth with a short row of prosthetics that rely on the strength of surrounding teeth and help stabilize the bite. Bridges also help keep surrounding teeth from moving into the open space of the missing tooth. The surrounding teeth are prepared for the bridge, which is then attached to the teeth. Bridges are permanent and provide restored function and appearance.
Veneers are thin shells made from porcelain that fit over your natural teeth to provide a white, even, full smile and can cover up crooked, chipped or discolored teeth. They are bonded to the front of the tooth after the tooth has been minimally prepared for the veneer, which is then bonded using an etching solution, adhesive material, and a special light. Veneers typically last for 10-15 years and provide excellent aesthetics with only minimal reduction of the tooth. Veneers, however, cannot replace missing teeth.
Dentures are for people who have lost many or all of their teeth and are usually used to replace an entire arch of teeth. Dentures can be removable or fixed, and partial or full, depending on each patient’s needs and preferences. Dentures can be treated just like your natural teeth but require special care and adjustment when they are removable. Dentures can also be made to attach to dental implants placed in the jaw bone. This increases the functionality of the denture significantly allowing the patient to chew with more force and to be assured that the denture will stay in place.
Hybrid prostheses are similar to dentures in that they replace a full arch of missing teeth, however, they are not removable. Instead, they are screwed to dental implants that have been placed into the jaw bone. Since they are fixed into place, they become more like natural teeth with similar chewing forces and excellent aesthetics. They can be made out of an acrylic (plastic) material or a much stronger material called Zirconia (see the Prettau Implant Bridge).
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed into the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. The implant serves as the root of a replacement tooth and can be covered by a crown, bridge, dentures or a hybrid prosthesis (Prettau Implant Bridge) to provide a natural-looking replacement for the missing tooth or teeth. The implant is first placed into the jaw and then typically requires time to fuse with the bone before the prosthetic is placed on top. Implants, however, can sometimes be loaded immediately with a hybrid-type prosthesis right after placement depending on the case. Implants provide long-lasting support that most closely replaces the individual strength and stability of your natural teeth.
Teeth in a Day
People who are currently missing their teeth or who have poor teeth that need to be extracted, in certain circumstances, can have all of their teeth restored in a day. This is accomplished using implant dentistry and hybrid prostheses. Typically the teeth are extracted (if the patient has teeth), dental implants are place, and the implants are loaded immediately with a temporary hybrid prosthesis that is screwed into the implants. The patient is able to leave the same day as the surgery with a brand new smile. Later, after the implants have fully fused to the bone, the temporary hybrid prosthesis is replaced with a permanent hybrid prosthesis that is either made out of an acrylic (plastic) material or Zirconia (Prettau Implant Bridge).
Full mouth reconstruction is a complicated procedure that involves multiple office visits and can take up to a year or longer to complete, depending on each patient’s individual case. At Davis Dental, we will create a customized treatment plan for you during your initial appointment to help you regain a healthy, beautiful smile.