No one is born with perfect teeth. Movie star smiles are built through multiple mouth reconstruction procedures by trained professionals.
Some patients may need a tooth extraction and tooth restoration. Others may need root canals and teeth whitening. Other treatments to explore when seeking out mouth reconstruction options include bite correction, dental bonding, and dental veneers.
Some patients may opt for or even require a full-mouth reconstruction. This method replaces all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. With the help of restorative dentistry procedures, full-mouth reconstruction can improve the health, function, and appearance of a patient’s mouth.
No matter where your journey to a bright, beautiful smile begins, each step brings you a little closer to the smile you want. Our highly-trained team here at Aspen Ridge Dental can help you reach your goals.
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Mouth Reconstruction Options
Your mouth reconstruction journey may include several of these treatment methods, depending on your goals and the current state of your existing teeth. Our staff will develop a treatment plan for your mouth reconstruction that is unique to you, using some of the options below.
Tooth extraction is when a dentist or dental surgeon removes teeth from a patient’s mouth. This is typically an outpatient procedure and is the first step for many in their mouth reconstruction treatment plan. Though there is a reputation that tooth extraction is extremely painful, that is seldom the case, thanks to the use of anesthesia.
A tooth extraction may be needed in the following situations:
- Severe tooth infection: when a tooth is compromised by bacteria and a root canal wouldn’t be enough to solve the problem, removing the tooth may be the best option.
- Severe dental damage: if a tooth has been broken severely enough that a crown or veneer cannot reconstruct it effectively, the remaining pieces may need to be removed.
- Pericoronitis: if a tooth has yet to erupt from the gum line and causes an infection in the gums, it is called pericoronitis. To prevent this, most dentists will remove the ingrown tooth.
If your bottom and top teeth don’t fit together when your mouth is closed, you may need to have a bite correction treatment done. There are several ways this problem can be approached, including expanders, braces, veneers, or the combination of bonding, implants, and reconstruction.
When some teeth don’t meet up, chewing can put more pressure on the teeth that do. Bite malocclusions can wear these teeth down more quickly and are also connected with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.
When a tooth has a bad infection, a root canal may be required to fix the problem. Damaged teeth often require root canals, and getting this procedure done can protect your mouth from further problems. Root canals are an alternative to tooth extraction, and they can save your existing tooth.
Many people are nervous about getting a root canal, but the purpose of a root canal is actually to relieve pain. Many patients report feeling almost instant relief after root canal treatment.
Some of your teeth may require removal or more intensive procedures like a root canal. But some of your healthy teeth may just need a little cosmetic help. Dental bonding repairs broken teeth, corrects their color, fills small gaps around teeth, and ensures that all of your teeth are the same length.
Dental bonding procedures are quick and simple. The bonding material is malleable, so we can shape it to fit your mouth. The color will match your teeth perfectly.
Dental veneers are becoming a very popular option when creating a treatment plan for a healthy, beautiful smile. A veneer is a thin layer that is applied to the tooth. This treatment option protects your smile from damage and improves the shape and color of your teeth.
The veneer process includes three steps:
- Preparation: First, we’ll take some scans of your teeth. These scans will be used to develop your veneers. Then, we’ll need to remove a fraction of the enamel from the front of your tooth.
- Temporary Veneer Application: After removing a portion of enamel, we’ll place a temporary veneer on your tooth. This will protect your tooth while you wait for the permanent veneer to be made.
- Permanent Veener Application: You’ll come back for a second appointment, and we’ll bond the finished veneer to your tooth. The shad of veneers can be adjusted to match the rest of your teeth.
Teeth whitening might be a good procedure for you if you already have healthy and even-looking teeth, or it can be a great way to finish up a full mouth reconstruction. After you’ve repaired all your teeth, we can whiten your whole smile for a uniform glow. We offer whitening treatments from two major brands: KöR and Opalescence. Both are fantastic brands with different pros and cons.
What To Expect From Dental Restoration Procedures
Dental restoration procedures are a large umbrella that includes all of the procedures described above. Your dentist will be the person best equipped to create a full treatment plan for your mouth reconstruction.
The length of time required to meet your goals, the placement of your dental restorations, and the depth of treatment required will all be outlined in your patient treatment plan. Feel free to ask any questions you might have about your ongoing procedures.
Call Us at Aspen Ridge Dental for Your Mouth Reconstruction
Mouth reconstruction can be a long process, including multiple intensive procedures. You wouldn’t want to put your oral health and your future beautiful smile in the hands of anyone but an expert.
Aspen Ridge Dental’s Dr. Stuart Youmans is the only board-certified dental implant specialist in Wyoming. Call today for more information!