Solutions in Casper for Missing Teeth
Dentistry is about so much more than cleaning teeth or filling the occasional cavity. It’s our job to bring your bite and your smile to complete health and wholeness. That’s why Aspen Ridge Dental is excited to offer full-mouth reconstruction services in the Casper, Wyoming, area.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full-mouth reconstruction, also known as full-mouth restoration, is a comprehensive dental treatment that involves restoring or replacing all of a patient’s teeth. This treatment is typically recommended for patients who have suffered extensive damage, decay, or loss of teeth due to trauma, illness, or other factors.
Full-mouth reconstruction may involve a combination of procedures, such as dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, and orthodontics, to improve the function, aesthetics, and overall health of the mouth.
The goal of full-mouth reconstruction is to create a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile that can enhance a patient’s quality of life and confidence. A full-mouth reconstruction is essentially a highly personalized treatment plan. It will contain a series of restorative dentistry procedures that are chosen just for you.
Why Get a Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
There are many different dental needs that can be addressed with a reconstruction treatment plan. Some of those include:
- Severely Worn Teeth | Teeth with thin or missing enamel are at high risk of infection.
- Badly Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Teeth | When the soft tissues inside the tooth are exposed, they can become damaged or infected.
- One or More Missing Teeth | Gaps in the bite affect our ability to eat, chew, and even speak clearly.
- Worn or Old Dental Restorations | Dental work must be maintained and updated regularly, just as with natural teeth. This can include crowns, bridges, dentures, or fillings.
- Severe Tooth Decay | When an infection is widespread, it needs more than just a simple filling.
- Irregular Bite | Proper jaw alignment is vital to keeping your teeth and your temporomandibular joint healthy.
- Jawbone Damage | When accident, injury, or disease has damaged the structure around your mouth, proper healing and alignment is necessary to ensure the return of a healthy bite and smile.
- Oral Diseases | Diseases of the mouth, throat, and jaw are always more easily healed when caught early and treated thoroughly.
- TMJ Dysfunction | The two temporomandibular joints (TMJs) on either side of your face are susceptible to a number of disorders due to injury, misalignment, or disease.
How a Full-Mouth Reconstruction Works
The full-mouth reconstruction process is customized to meet the specific needs and goals of each patient. The process typically involves multiple phases and may take several months to complete.
Consultation and Treatment Planning
The first phase of full mouth reconstruction involves a comprehensive examination, including X-rays and other diagnostic tests, to evaluate the condition of the teeth, gums, and jawbone. Our dentists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific concerns and goals.
Before the actual restorative work begins, preparatory procedures may be necessary. This can include periodontal (gum) therapy, root canal therapy, tooth shaping, and extraction of severely damaged or decayed teeth. Your dentist will let you know whether to expect any preparatory treatment.
The restorative procedures will depend on the individual patient’s needs and goals. Common procedures may include:
- Dental implants: to replace missing teeth or provide support for dentures or bridges.
- Crowns or bridges: to restore damaged or decayed teeth.
- Inlays or onlays: to repair damaged tooth structure.
- Veneers: to improve the appearance of teeth.
- Orthodontics: to correct misaligned teeth or bite issues.
Follow-up and Maintenance
Once the restorative work is complete, the patient will need to attend regular follow-up appointments to ensure that the treatment is successful and to maintain the health of the teeth and gums.
Overall, full mouth reconstruction is a complex and highly personalized process that requires the expertise of a skilled dentist. With the right treatment plan, full mouth reconstruction can restore function and aesthetics to your smile, improving your quality of life and confidence.
Treatment Options for Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Full-mouth reconstruction can sometimes involve many different types of dental procedures, both restorative and cosmetic. Here are some of the more popular dental options available for reconstruction treatment:
Dental Bonding | With cosmetic dental bonding we will use a simple composite tooth resin that will bond to your tooth. This resin material is malleable and tooth-colored, so it will match the rest of your teeth. Dental bonding can be used to fill small gaps, patch minor cracks or chips, and fix discoloration issues. It’s a simple solution that can go a long way to creating a beautiful new smile.
Dental Crowns | When the crown of your tooth is broken or worn out, porcelain dental crowns can be used to replace the top portion of the tooth for better functionality and to eliminate any pain associated with damage to your natural tooth. Porcelain dental crowns can reinforce worn enamel or seal a severe break and are also used in the dental implant process to replace any missing teeth.
Dental Veneers | Porcelain dental veneers are thin shells of high-quality dental porcelain that we can bond to the front part of your tooth to help cover up imperfections or minor damage. Veneers can be used to transform your smile in a relatively short amount of time with dazzling results. The best part is, veneers are a permanent treatment. You won’t have to worry about your smile looking stained or broken ever again.
Dental Implants | With modern technology, dental implants are by far the most effective way to replace missing teeth. The dental implant process replaces not only the top portion of the tooth but also introduces a titanium rod for the tooth root and reinforces the jaw bone for better functionality and stability than any other tooth replacement option.
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Implant-Supported Dentures | For full arch tooth replacement (top arch, bottom arch, or both), the most cost-effective option is to have implant-supported dentures. These dentures have anywhere from 2 to 5 implants placed with a denture bridge affixed to the implants for a brand-new full set of teeth. Implant-supported dentures will give you more support for your jawbone, better-functioning teeth, and confidence in your smile that will last for many years.
Orthodontics | Orthodontic treatments are designed to bring your bite and your teeth into proper alignment with each other. Through our partner orthodontists, we offer traditional braces, clear braces, and Invisalign® clear teeth aligners. Depending on your needs and your budget, we’ll suggest a treatment method that will get you a smile that looks great and functions well.
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Dental Extractions | If a tooth is too severely broken to be repaired, too crowded in the bite, or too infected to save, then an extraction may be the correct and most necessary procedure. Extractions are simple procedures that can usually be done in the same appointment as many other full mouth reconstruction treatments.
Perio Treatments | Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Many patients who receive a full mouth reconstruction deal with some level of gum disease. Proper care of the gums is vital to keeping the teeth healthy as well. We offer many treatments, including thorough dental cleanings and OralDNA diagnostics, to rehabilitate infected gums.
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Aspen Ridge Dental is here for you in Casper! Whatever your restorative dentistry needs, we stand ready to create a full mouth reconstruction plan to bring your mouth to full and complete health. Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.