Full Mouth Reconstruction
at Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent
Great looking smiles can make or break the appearance of a person; unfortunately, not everyone is given the gift of a naturally great looking smile that does not need any other improvement. For those who want to improve their smiles – and the overall function of their teeth and the mouth area – through a number of dentistry procedures, a full mouth reconstruction by a the dentist at Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent is the answer.
What is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is a series of cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures that have the goal of improving the appearance of one’s smile; the entire full mouth reconstruction procedure can also include dental treatments or procedures that have the goal of improving the overall function of the teeth, as well as the gums, the lips, and the muscles in and around the mouth.
A dentist in Kent will first need to examine the condition of the teeth, as well as the structures surrounding the teeth, to determine which dental treatments or procedures will be needed for the full mouth reconstruction. Diagnostic tests may be obtained to give the dentist a clear idea of what procedures will be needed to get to the desired result after the full mouth reconstruction; the diagnostics will also help the dentist in creating a detailed dental treatment plan, which will also need feedback and approval from the patient.
Factors Considered for a Full Mouth Reconstruction
These are the factors that will be considered and checked thoroughly for the planning of a full mouth reconstruction treatment:
Teeth – A Kent dentist will do a thorough examination of the teeth, to determine which dental treatments or procedures will need to be undertaken to improve the form (and often, the function as well) of the teeth. Any dental problems will need to be taken into consideration for possible dental treatments; the way the teeth move or come together will also be checked, to come up with a full mouth reconstruction treatment plan that will address both aesthetic and functional concerns.
Gum or Periodontal Tissues – The gums or periodontal tissues will also need to be assessed to determine if there is a need for gum treatments. Any reconstruction or improvement procedures for the teeth will need the firm support from the gums, so it is important to ensure that the gums or periodontal tissues are as healthy as they can possibly be. Periodontal disease may need root planing or scaling treatments, while soft tissue grafts may be necessary to improve the structure and quality of the gums – especially if the full mouth reconstruction by the dentist at Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent will include teeth improvement procedures.
Jaw Muscles or Temporomandibular Joint – The way the jaw closes – and how the teeth from the upper and lower jaws come together when biting or closing the mouth – will be examined by the dentist at Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent prior to the planning of a full mouth reconstruction treatment. This is to ensure that any teeth restorations that need to be done will improve both the form and the function of the entire mouth area. For example – problems that arise from the way the upper and lower teeth come into contact with one another can result to premature wearing down of the teeth surfaces; this needs to be addressed first before additional reconstructive treatments.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedures
A full mouth reconstruction by the dentist at Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent can be a combination of two or more of the following dental procedures, to be able to achieve the necessary improvements:
- Prophylactic teeth cleaning to keep the teeth clean and free from dental problems.
- Periodontal or gum care treatments, to address any existing gum problems – and to ensure good gum health.
- Gum re-shaping or contouring, to improve the shape and structure of the gums that will support the teeth. Re-shaping and contouring of the gum will also make the teeth look more balanced or harmonious with the other aspects of the smile.
- The placement of temporary teeth restorations to determine the comfort level of a person’s bite, before the permanent restorations can be placed.
- The placement of permanent teeth restorations to improve the form and function of the teeth; teeth restoration options include dental crowns, dental bridges, dental veneers, inlays or onlays.
- Teeth straightening through orthodontics to move the teeth into the desired/proper alignment; the proper alignment will be an improvement in both the form and the function of the teeth.
- Dental implants placement to replace the form and function of missing teeth.
- Soft tissue or bone grafting to prepare a secure structure where dental implants need to be placed.