Teeth are something that we’ve long fought to control. But the fact of the matter is, there are always genetic and physical factors that influence our smiles. When the passing of time, damage to teeth, and the presence of plaque take their own toll, we’re often left with teeth that don’t make us proud. Without a smile that you love, you’re less likely to experience a high quality of life. Your smiles will be smaller, your laughter covered, and your confidence lacking.
You don’t have to put up with a painful, diseased, or unappealing smile. Dr. Michael Ricciardi and his team offer full mouth reconstruction to return health and happiness to your mouth. With a series of restorative procedures, you’ll see big changes take hold. And, unlike the ones that took place to make your teeth a candidate for reconstruction, these are changes that you’ll love.
Who Benefits from Full Mouth Reconstruction?
“Full mouth reconstruction” is actually a vague term that refers to a slew of general and restorative procedures. In general, candidates for FMR are patients who have experiences several years’ worth of dental problems. As a result, there are a number of issues present, and treatment will need to be comprehensive. Some of the most common cases that require full mouth rehabilitation include:
- Patients who have lost teeth to decay or physical trauma
- Patients with several fractured or broken teeth
- Patients with excessively worn teeth (stemming from long-term erosion through certain foods and drinks, acid reflux, or bruxism)
- Patients with chronic jaw, facial muscle, or head pain that need adjustments to their occlusion (bite)
Many patients in need of full mouth reconstruction haven’t visited the dentist for some time, and experience some level of dental anxiety. We will do everything that we can to help you feel comfortable in Dr. Ricciardi’s office. From sedation dentistry to keeping lines of communication open, we strive to help put you at ease. There’s no judgment or scolding for the state of your teeth – we simply work to bring them back to a place of health.
Which Restorative Procedures Could I Need?
As we mentioned earlier, full mouth reconstruction can employ any number of dental procedures. In order to know exactly which treatments you will need, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ricciardi. During this appointment, he will evaluate your level of oral health. We will take x-rays and complete a thorough visual examination. Dr. Ricciardi will also talk with you about why you’re seeking treatment, and what you hope to get out of your time in the dental chair. Our goals are to improve your health, conserve natural teeth, and rebuild an attractive smile. Combined with your specific preferences, we’ll use these factors to craft a treatment plan.
That being said, there are a few reconstructive procedures that are more common than others. We’ve detailed them below:
- Fillings – You’ve likely had fillings before, but these may be more extensive. If you have multiple cavities, we will do what we can to save your teeth with composite fillings (which are tooth-colored and blend into your smile).
- Periodontal treatment – Gum disease will be treated with scaling and root planing, and potential antibiotic treatment. If you’ve lost gum tissue, we will place soft tissue grafts to rebuild the gum line.
- Root canal – A root canal removes infected tooth pulp, replacing it with cement. This preserves the tooth structure.
- Extraction – If an infection has reached a tooth’s roots, it will need to be removed. Dr. Ricciardi will them replace it with a restoration.
- Dental implant – A dental implant is a tooth root replacement, and acts as a foundation for a dental restoration. You may require a bone graft prior to the implant to see it succeed.
- Dental crown – A crown replaces tooth structure above the gum line. If a tooth has been seriously weakened by decay or physical damage, a crown will support the remaining tooth.
- Bridge – A bridge spans a gap, attaching crowns to natural teeth on either side.
Get in touch today to schedule your own consultation. We look forward to rebuilding your smile.