Oral health is critical to your overall well-being and physical health. If you have infections in your mouth from decayed, broken, or missing teeth, this can affect your self-confidence and cause you to hide your teeth in public. You may be afraid to go to restaurants or to even talk to strangers. Having the curse of a defective smile can make your entire life a burden of insulation and shame. In fact, you may even be suffering from halitosis (bad breath) that causes people to avoid you due to the odor. Luckily, there is a remedy for just about every oral health problem when you seek professional assistance.
Full mouth restorations are exactly what the term conveys. The prosthodontist examines all the oral problems in your mouth and makes a full restoration. In some cases, you may have a medical condition such as Dentinogenisis Imperfecta, Ectodermal Dysplasia, or Ameliogenesis that requires full mouth restorations. In other cases, you may have oral cancers that also require reconstruction of your oral cavity. The ability to reconstruct your smile with dental implants usually depends upon the density of bone structure and your ability to heal.
Not everyone needs dental implants, however. It is possible to live a happy and fulfilling life with dentures, inlays, crowns, or porcelain veneers. Patients who have lots of large fillings, cracked teeth, chipped teeth, discolored teeth, or crooked teeth may also benefit from full mouth reconstruction. Broken fillings tend to harbor bacteria that speed up the decay process of all teeth and cause chronic infections in the mouth and throat.
The only distinction between a full mouth restoration and ordinary dental work is that your dentist may use sedation dentistry to correct a number of issues in a short time. This will save you from the trauma of having to be alert while your prosthodontist operates and extracts bad teeth or implants new ones. A qualified prosthodontist will also provide you with the aesthetic appeal of a mouth that looks unified. Of course, the bite must also be functional and comfortable in order for the procedures to be a success. For this reason, full mouth restoration requires a larger and more complex blueprint since so much work is being accomplished.
A full mouth restoration may take several months or years and multiple visits to perfect. It is not often as easy as coming in for an appointment and going home. A lot of careful steps have to be taken to allow your body to heal during each phase. For example, if you have teeth extracted, you cannot have them replaced immediately. It may take at least 6 months before the mouth is healed and stable enough to implant the posts for the new crowns.
Patients who are experiencing dental pain from broken teeth or chronic infections can immediately restore their health. Oral infections are one of the factors that contribute insidiously to heart disease. When your body is busy fighting off the pathogens that are growing in your mouth, it may allow other opportunistic infections to invade and take hold. Building a strong immunity and balance is critical as you age and become frail.
When you are in need of a full mouth restoration, you want to find a prosthodontist with experience and the latest state-of-the-art tools. These may include 3D imaging equipment to produce a computer-generated 3D detailed blowup of your whole mouth. It may also include CNC machines to produce ceramic inlays. An experienced prosthodontist may provide the option of using nitrous oxide as a mild sedative and general anesthetic to make you more comfortable. In any case, you should always check the reputation of the prosthodontist and ask for examples of other work they have done like the work planned for your mouth.