Who Makes a Good Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction? By drfrey on September 08, 2014

An older man with salt and pepper hair looks to the side and smiles with healthy teeth A sudden traumatic injury or tooth decay over time can cause extensive damage to your teeth and gums, leading to the loss of teeth and making it difficult to perform everyday tasks like eating and talking.  At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, we believe that the health of your teeth and gums is directly related to your overall physical health. When your teeth and gums are unable to function properly, it can have a negative physical and emotional impact on every other aspect of your life. For this reason, our office offers a range of full mouth reconstruction services including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. But how do you know if full mouth reconstruction is the best fit for you?

What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction is not a specific treatment on its own. Instead, it is a combination of cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures that can be used to correct and restore a smile that has been critically damaged by decay or injury. Unlike a smile makeover, which is a cosmetic transformation, the primary objective of a full mouth reconstruction is restoring a patient’s physical functionality while also creating a smile that is beautiful.

Depending on the extent of a patient’s damage and the results desired, a full mouth reconstruction can include any number of procedures including:

  • Dental Implants
  • Temporary or Permanent Dental Bridges
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Gum Contouring
  • Traditional or Invisalign® Orthodontics
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

During your consultation, your dentist will be able to assess the state of your teeth and gums, and determine a combination of procedures that can help you recapture a strong and healthy smile.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Are you a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction, or will a more simple procedure suffice? Candidates for full mouth reconstruction are patients dealing with complex and serious dental problems, to the point where these problems are having a physical effect on the patient’s life. These problems can include:

  • The loss of multiple teeth to injury, decay, or advanced periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Multiple teeth that are cracked, broken, or worn down from chronic tooth grinding
  • Crowded or misaligned teeth causing disability and jaw pain

Your dentist can determine the presence and extent of these issues, and help you determine the best course of action.

What Could Make Me a Poor Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?

There are also some markers that a dentist can use to determine that a patient is not a good fit for a full mouth reconstruction. Patients who are hoping to correct aesthetic flaws, for instance, may be more interested in a smile makeover. Smoking and teeth grinding can also be red flags, as they can negatively interfere with the healing process following procedures like dental implants or laser gum contouring.

Learn More about Full Mouth Reconstruction Today

Everyone deserves to have a full, healthy smile. If you have suffered from damaged teeth, now is the time to act. Contact The Smile Center today toschedule a consultation and find out if full mouth reconstruction is right for you. 

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The Smile Center in Virginia Beach has been providing high-quality dental care since 1988. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (757) 473-8482 today.

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