When you have multiple issues affecting the health, function, and beauty of your smile, you need more help than a single treatment can provide. For these more complex cases, Dr. deJong and Dr. Plaisance provide full mouth dental reconstruction in River Ridge. It is a comprehensive treatment that combines treatments in restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry.
A full mouth reconstruction repairs the hard and soft tissues of the mouth to help them function properly. Issues with the way the upper and lower mandibles fit together result in malocclusion, which causes problems eating, speaking, and cleaning the teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease often accompany misaligned teeth. And the jaw joint, also known as the TMJ, may receive undue pressure due to the misalignment.
A healthy mouth relies on the hard and soft tissues of the mouth working in harmony -- and when they don’t, a full mouth reconstruction provides an effective solution. Some of the treatments that may be included in the full mouth reconstruction include…
- Restorative dentistry: Fillings, inlays, onlays, root canal, dental crowns
- Tooth replacement: Dental implants, crown and bridgework
- Cosmetic dentistry: Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, ClearCorrect, tooth-colored fillings, all-ceramic restorations
- Treatment for TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction
- Gum disease treatment (periodontal therapy)
Whatever it is that you and your smile need, Dr. deJong and Dr. Plaisance will put together a treatment plan suited just for you.
This treatment option may be necessary for a variety of reasons. People who need a full mouth reconstruction may have suffered some sort of injury or facial trauma. Or sometimes, malocclusion like crossbite, underbite, overbite causes repeated stress to the TMJ, teeth and the gums. Certain health conditions like Ectodermal Dysplasia, Amelogenesis, and Dentinogenesis Imperfecta also call for extensive dental restoration.
People who experience tooth loss may be greatly helped by a full mouth reconstruction. Dental implants are tiny titanium cylinders that provide a prosthetic root for the denture or crown that is attached on top. A truly comprehensive option in tooth replacement, dental implants are the best option available for replacing one, two, or a full row of missing teeth. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, however. We also provide crown and bridgework for filling the gaps in a smile.
Patients who are dealing with multiple issues in the teeth and supporting tissues are good candidates for the full mouth reconstruction. When oral surgery is necessary, the patient should be healthy enough to recover from the procedure. For example, people who have HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and advanced-stage cancers are typically not good candidates for the dental implants and other invasive procedures.
Because it is a comprehensive treatment often involving many steps and procedures, the full mouth reconstruction takes time to complete -- sometimes as much as one year. Don’t delay getting started. If you would like to discuss what’s possible with your full mouth reconstruction in River Ridge, get in touch with deJong & Plaisance Family Dentistry today!