According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 35 million Americans have no teeth. In addition, a recent study found that one third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. This means that millions of people suffer from broken, missing, misaligned, worn, and discolored teeth. At Matthew Nawrocki DMD, MS, we use our blog as a venue for oral health and dental education. Today we will discuss the wonders of full mouth reconstruction. This of course is not meant to be all encompassing so if you have questions or would like to have your smile evaluated, feel free to contact us at any time by clicking here or call us at (904)602-8396.
We will begin by discussing some of the more common full mouth problems that we see and offering a brief explanation of the treatments available to correct these problems.
Not everyone has perfectly straight teeth. In fact, most of us have misalignments. For many, this results in a less than perfect esthetic situation. While we understand that esthetics play an important role with the satisfaction of one’s smile, we also have to understand misalignments from a functional and oral health standpoint. Every angle, cusp, groove, and alignment of each tooth is there for a reason. When some of these features are altered (from development or environment), we see a loss of function to some degree. Correcting misalignments can be more beneficial than just the beauty of a smile. It can result in prolonged health and wellness of the gums and teeth.
The treatment choice for misaligned teeth certainly depends on the situation. There are several different treatment options for misalignments and often a combination of these can be utilized to correct these problems. Crowns, bridges, implants, traditional braces, Invisalign clear adult braces, and composite bonding are just some of the available treatments to correct misalignments.
The statistics listed above regarding missing teeth are staggering. Missing teeth obviously presents a major problem for many patients. Missing teeth can reduce chewing function, make speech more challenging, create a sagging look to the face resulting in an aged appearance, and can create challenging social problems. One hundred years ago a common wedding gift to the bride and groom was a set of dentures. No longer are we stuck with such limited treatment choices and no longer should we see the loss of teeth be inevitable.
The best way to treat missing teeth is to prevent the loss of teeth to begin with. Preventative care in dentistry saves money, time, and effort. That said, once teeth have been lost, there are options for replacement. Below are some options. Feel free to click on any of the links to learn more about these treatments.
- Dentures: Dentures are the traditional treatment when someone is missing all of their teeth. Dentures restore some of the function and fill in the face to restore the appearance of youth.
- Implants: Dental implants have changed dentistry completely. Now dental implants can replace single teeth or can be used to anchor bridges or dentures.
- Bridges: A bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Bridges use neighboring teeth for support to fill a gap with an artificial tooth.
- Overdentures: An overdenture is a denture that utilizes dental implants for retention. Often dentures slip and slide in the mouth. Overdentures correct these problems by allowing the denture to snap onto special connectors attached to implants.
- Hybrids: A hybrid is a special denture that screws onto multiple implants. The hybrid is fixed in the mouth and is removed every few months for a professional cleaning. The hybrid denture is the most stable, retentive, and supported form of full-arch tooth replacement.
Many people have teeth that are worn down. Teeth wear by many different methods including grinding, habits, or problems with bite The result often is teeth that appear shorter than ideal and lead to an aged appearance. In these situations, several different treatments are often required to restore the teeth. Treatments for worn down teeth commonly include crowns, composite bonding, and veneers.
Every person has a unique dental situation. Often patients don’t believe that their situation is correctable. The only real way to find out what is possible is an evaluation. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact us at any time by clicking here!